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Heatherwick Studio '04 - Rolling Bridge

Practice

Heatherwick Studio


Project Architect / Lead Partner


BUILDING

Rolling Bridge


City

London


Country

UK


Commissioned

2002


Construction


Completion

2004


Duration


YY

04


CLIENT

Paddington Basin Development Corporation


CONSULTANTS

DJW Consulting, Gardiner & Theobald, Mace, Montagu Evans, Primary Fluid, Littlehampton Welding, Ron Packman, Solent Fluid Power, SKM Anthony Hunts, Power



Storey

N/A


CO2


STATUS

Completed


PROGRAM

Transport + Infrastructure


Amount


Currency


GBP


ARCHITECT'S

The Rolling Bridge spans an inlet off the main canal in London’s Paddington Basin. Whereas most opening bridges break apart to let boats pass through, the studio wanted to design a bridge that would get out of the way instead, using a softer mechanism to transform itself by mutating rather than fracturing. Taking initial influence from the fluid, coiling tails of the animatronic dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, the studio evolved the design to create a bridge that rolls up until its two ends join together to make a circle. The simple, self-contained structure, fixed only to one bank, rolls up to become a freestanding sculptural object, leaving nothing behind on the other side. Powered by hydraulic fluid, the steel mechanism is so quiet as to be almost spooky.
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