Heatherwick Studio just unveiled plans for a new greenery covered pedestrian bridge to be built across the River Thames in London. Looking like a luscious garden suspended over the water, the bridge will be the first crossing built on the Thames since Foster and Partners’ Millennium Bridge opened in 2000, and it will connect Covent Garden with the South Bank.
With a passing resemblance to New York’s High Line elevated park, the bridge will weave its way across the river, widening and narrowing along its span to accommodate various types of trees, wild flowers and grass. This piece of green infrastructure could be the slowest way to cross the river, as people as people are encouraged to stop and lean on the parapets or sit and enjoy a break from the often frantic pace of the city.
The bridge proposal received support from London’s mayor, as well as public figures such as actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley. The £60 million project will be privately funded and could be completed as soon as 2016. Heatherwick Studio and Arup are now developing engineering aspects of the scheme.