Landscaped pedestrian bridge to be built over the Thames

The Absolutely Fabulous actor and green activist Joanna Lumley teamed up with the pretty terrific architect Thomas Heatherwick to imagine this gorgeous pedestrian bridge across the Thames in London. Lumley told Designboom:

This garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. It will be the slowest way to cross the river, as people will dawdle and lean on parapets and stare at the great cityscapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames.

garden bridge© Heatherwick Studios via Designboom

Tristram Carfrea (what a great name for the designer of a car-free pedestrian bridge) of ARUP is quoted in the latest Designboom:

The idea is simple; we’re trying to create a bridge that looks beautiful, is durable, is efficient to construct and will support a garden spanning the river thames. This is not an easy feat and we’re working closely with Heatherwick Studio to ensure that the design and engineering work seamlessly together to create an ingenious result.

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