A ‘Curled Up’ Bridge…..
Am truly awe-struck with the design of the Rolling Bridge, a project by Heatherwick Studio, located in London near GrandUnion Canal…..Rather than a conventional opening bridge mechanism, consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass, the Rolling Bridge gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch. While in its horizontal position, the bridge is a normal, inconspicuous steel and timber footbridge; fully open, it forms a circle on one bank of the water that bears little resemblance to its former self.
No wonder it won the 2005 British Structural Steel Award! Here is a video of the Rolling Bridge in action….I see it and my heart goes – WoW!