Best Contemporary Architecture

Rattlesnake Bridge

Readers Pick

Big deal--some guy puts his head in a lion's mouth. You, Tucsonans, are beckoned to march your entire body through a poisonous snake! After fetching first-time guests from Tucson International Airport, point out the glow of the rattler's red eyes. Take a quiet, late-night walk with friends who've never experienced the bridge, and be prepared for them to jump as the reptile's tail emits a rattle as you exit. But to truly appreciate the snake bridge, cross with a child or two: We know 4-year-old twin girls who think nothing's finer than to be swallowed by the rattler's fanged mouth, digested by its long body and "pooped out" at the very end. You'll get a step-by-step report of the entire process, even after the fifth crossing in as many days.

Runners up:

2. Evo A. DeConcini Federal Building, 405 W. Congress St.

3. Gittings Building (UA Dance)

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