A Steel Bridge That Swings Open Like a Japanese Fan

A steel bridge that swings open like a japanese fan
© Knight Architects

For most of the week, the new Merchant Square Footbridge in London does what we expect of a bridge: It helps people get from one place to another. But a truly great bridge adds to the character of its environment, and the Merchant Square Footbridge does that, too. Every Friday afternoon, it heaves open like a 60-foot-tall Japanese hand fan.

The bridge was designed by Knight Architects, a London firm specializing in bridges, in collaboration with structural engineers AKT II. It spans the Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, near a public space called Sunset Terrace. The brief called for a bridge with eight feet of clearance, so boats could pass into the basin beyond, but also one that could serve as a “focal point” for the area. In a write-up of the project, the architects explained their thinking: “We considered that movement in the horizontal plane would not be interesting— no more so than a 20 meter narrowboat turning in the canal—but in contrast, how much more exciting it would be if a 20 meter narrowboat were raised upright!” []

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Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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