Floating Bridge

London, UK

Floating Bridge
  • London Docklands Development Corporation
  • Footbridge across a basin in Canary Wharf
  • 94m
  • Completed 1996
  • Future Systems
  • Civic Trust Award
  • RIBA Award
  • British Construction Industry Award

The bridge links two areas of very different scale. On the one side a vast commercial development and on the other the more delicate proportions of 19th century warehouses and a quayside piazza. By creating a low floating structure emphasis is placed on the horizontal stretch of water rather than the vertical dominance of Canary Wharf.

The slender form of the bridge is evocative of a brightly coloured insect touching the water as lightly as a water skater, offering pedestrians a sense of freedom as they cross. Colour is central to the concept – like a laser beam of light the bridge skims the dock with a piercing lime green line, the sense of perspective exaggerated by the tapering plan of the deck.

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