The worlds most beautiful roundabouts 2016 – in pictures

first_imgCalling all roundabout lovers, the long wait is finally over! The world’s best traffic island for 2016 has been crowned following months of deliberation.The winner of this year’s International Roundabout of the Year competition is a rather splendid gyratory in the city of Carmel, Indiana.Featuring an ornate three-tiered fountain and exceptional garden with manicured lawns and hedges, it beat roundabouts from countries including Iceland, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany.The winner  Barcelona  Iceland “The roundabout in Carmel is beautiful and unlike most towns in the US, Carmel truly embraces its roundabouts,” explained Kevin Beresford, president of the Roundabout Appreciation Society.“In fact they are currently celebrating their 100th roundabout installation and are actually throwing a party to commemorate this achievement. Steel dredge buckets, used in the local tin mining industry, decorate a roundabout in Malaysia Australia  France  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. best roundabout A Thailand roundabout featuring a gold-framed portrait of the King The War of the Roses Roundabout, Tewkesbury, EnglandCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Singapore  A Thailand roundabout featuring a gold-framed portrait of the KingCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Best roundabouts  Steel dredge buckets, used in the local tin mining industry, decorate a roundabout in MalaysiaCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson A roundabout in IstanbulCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  Fountain of Wealth Roundabout, Suntec City, Singapore England “Roundabouts are not only functional for moving traffic and keeping motorists safe, but they are also opportunities to enhance the beauty of our daily drives, lift the spirits of our residents and hopefully inspire all of us to pay attention to elements of design and architecture no matter what we create.“Carmel is home to more roundabouts that any city in the United States. The city currently has 97 with a few more under construction this year. We anticipate celebrating the completion of our 100th roundabout later this year.” Scroll down for the full listThe immaculate roundabout will have the great honour of featuring on the cover of the Roundabouts of the World calendar.Some of the weird and wonderful roundabouts chosen by the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society feature Porsche cars suspended in the air, a giant gold frame portrait and painted fish on the road. best roundabouts The roundabout of the year winner Credit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography roundabout of the year winner  Malaysia  “The Mayor of Carmel is thrilled to bits that UKRAS has granted his town such a prestigious Gyratory Award.”Jim Brainard, the mayor of Carmel, said the city was “very pleased” to receive the roundabout award. “We work hard in Carmel and take great pride in creating beautiful landscapes throughout our city,” he said. An impressive fountain centrepiece features on this Barcelona roundabout An impressive fountain centrepiece features on this Barcelona roundaboutCredit: Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography roundabout in Istanbul Fountain of Wealth Roundabout, Suntec City, SingaporeCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson roundabout Earlier this year, a hellish roundabout traffic jam left these Chinese motorists with nowhere to go. A roundabout in La Haye-Fouassiere, FranceCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  MORE ROUNDABOUTS Thailand  A traffic island in Brisbane, AustraliaCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography Porsche cars suspended above the ground on a roundabout in Stuttgart, GermanyCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography  A traffic island in Brisbane, Australia Painted fish on a roundabout on the Icelandic island of HeimaeyCredit:Kevin Beresford/Geoff Robinson Photography last_img

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