Daily Dose: Rolling Bridge

Add to TwitterBeing from a small town not terribly near a major waterway, I’ve always been entranced by retracting or bascule-style bridges. The Rolling Bridge in London, a one-of-a-kind structure whose category has been dubbed the “curling bridge”, is on the same vein as other movable bridges but has a unique hinging action that sets it apart from the crowd.

Rolling Bridge in London, UK

The above image shows the Rolling Bridge at the beginning of its journey to the other side of the walkway. Its eight steel and timber hinged sections will curl up until the two ends of the bridge meet, forming an octagonal shape.

Rolling Bridge in London

Every Friday at noon, the bridge performs its acrobatics for admiring crowds of locals and tourists alike. Thomas Heatherwick, designer, is the mastermind behind this agile bit of architecture.

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Sources:

http://www.heatherwick.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=48
http://www.toxel.com/tech/2008/09/21/incredible-rolling-bridge-in-london/

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