Building Design Failures

By Will Atkiels

Honeymoon Bridge(Upper Steel Bridge) 1897


  • replacement for old one
  • greatest steel arch bridge
  • wooden floor slippery
  • supported steel cars

Reason for Collapse

  • January 1938
  • ice bridge underneath
  • broken abutments
  • entire collapse

Ways to Prevent Collapse

  • protective walls in summer
  • reimbursed more frequently
  • replace wooden floor

Historical Archive of the City of Cologne, Germany (2009)


  • Replacement for town hall
  • Ranking
  • Documents from 900 AD
  • Built to last long time

Reason for collapse

  • foundation weakens from tunnel
  • water flooding

Ways to prevent

  • no construction underneath
  • check ups for water flooding