The bridge proposal translates the idea of a bridge into an experience of the river itself, merging structure and optics.

Images

MODEL SEEN IN PLAN VIEW

MODEL OF BRIDGE STRUCTURE SEEN IN SECTION

VIEW OF MODEL

MODEL ILLUSTRATES BRIDGE'S RADICAL STRUCTURE AND ALIGNMENT WITH THE RIVER

Description

Pushing the limits of bridge design and demonstrating the potential of glass as a structural material, the Luminous Glass Bridge guides the pedestrians along (or against) the river’s current. The sun hitting the surface of the water reflects the images of the moving water up onto the underside of the translucent glass deck.

The glass platform, a series of post-tensioned glass planks, is supported at each end by two abutments cantilevered from opposite shores approximately 80 feet from each other.

Serving as a means of access, these abutments extend over the river and are spanned by the glass platform. Proceeding out along the abutment, the pedestrian is re-oriented to travel up or down the translucent glass planks’ projection of the river surface. Positioned along the length of the bridge are three reflective panels of glass that also serve as an integral part of the bridge structure. These panels pivot as one moves along the platform, capturing and layering various reflective views of the environs.



Client: Private
Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners