New Islington Bridge Competition Entry – A+J Burridge Architects
Bringing a somewhat unique approach to bridge design is this colourful, round competition entry from Edinburgh based A+J Burridge Architects. Devised as an object that would not only interact with the users but also with the canal below and the surrounding site, the bridge is a bold re-imagining of the humble footbridge.
“The design creates a connection between canal and bridge, experienced from both above and below. During the day the perforated surface of the shell is interesting to experience from the water with dramatic lighting effects with sunlight passing through the jewel-like openings. From above the water is viewed through coloured lenses and the shell surface has a narrative of textures and words. At night the lights below the bridge platform make the jewels glow.
The platform is a self-supporting ferrocement shell with coloured glass insets. The walkway has a light steel structure cantilevered from the shell and timber deck to define the route”, A+J Burridge Architects.