The Rolling Bridge in London

Tuesday 17 January 2012

What is it? The Heatherwick Studio`s Rolling Bridge spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, west London. It appears to be a normal steel and timber footbridge when open – until it needs to get out of the way. Then, rather than breaking and lifting up as a rigid element, the Rolling Bridge curls until its two ends meet. The bridge is transformed into an octagon that stands on one side of the canal, without a trace of a bridge on the other bank.

Rolling Bridge Rolling Bridge

 

Rolling Bridge Rolling Bridge

 

Rolling Bridge Rolling Bridge

 

Rolling Bridge When can you see it? Every Friday at noon. How to get there? Take the tube to Paddington Station. Walk out of the tube station at Praed Street, walk towards St Mary`s hospital. When you see the following sign, turn in left: Follow the path until you see following foot bridge Cross here and walk to the right You`ll see another footbridge,but you don`t need to cross that one, keep walking and you`ll find the Rolling Bridge in front of you. Enjoy! It`s something you don`t see every day. Quite the experience.

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