Friday, 28 August 2009

Gateshead Millennium Bridge- Architecture

Another piece of architecture which has its home in Gateshead is the Millennium Bridge.  It is the world's first and only tilting bridge and definately catches the artistic eye! Tthe design was the winner of a competition to design a bridge for the millennium.  The brief was to create a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists that allowed ships to pass underneath but didn't overshadow the world famous view of the existing bridges or obstruct the view of the Quayside. This winning design was chosen in a vote of local residents. ruly is a unique design- this bridge manages to look so elegant and graceful (not usually words I’d use to describe a bridge!) as well as meeting its function of a pathway across the river. The bridge itself morphs into different images such as tilting, like the opening of an eye to let ships pass and at night it is lit up and reflection in river gives a symmetrical look as it is mirrored in the water.

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