Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Kissing Bridge

This amazing Rolling Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick is located at the retail quarter of the Grand Union Canal in Paddington, London.

The bridge is made from both steel and timber and it described to have a “basic look”. Heatherwick was focusing on the opening of the bridge and focused more on how the bridge worked instead of what it was.
With the bridge been 12 metres long, it curls up unnaturally into the air by hydraulic rams. Eventually after the slow process, the two ends of the bridge end up “kissing” and sitting on the side of the canal in a circular form. 
The bridge has won many awards from the Emerging Architecture Award to the Structural Steel Award. You can see the bridge in action very Friday at noon. 


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