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The Millennium Bridge

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The Millennium Bridge

Is this an icon?


The Millennium Bridge

When London’s handsome new Millennium Bridge opened in 2001, it was the first new pedestrian crossing over the Thames in central London in a century. It is 325 metres of pure steel elegance, connecting St Paul’s Cathedral on the north bank with Tate Modern at Bankside on the south. The project was a unique, competition-winning collaboration involving the architect Sir Norman Foster, the engineering company Arup and sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. Offering pedestrians panoramic views of the capital during the day, after dark it looks like a blade of light darting across the river. Just after its launch, it showed an unnerving tendency to ‘synchronous lateral excitation’ (otherwise known as wobbling), under the impact of too many people walking in step, but that has been remedied and any number of people can now tramp across it in perfect, awestruck stability.


Your comments

This was a fantastic new, modern design of bridge which looked aesthetically pleasing, but simply didn't work first time. Only the British could do that!

John Chenery

If this is an icon it is (like the Dome) for all the wrong reasons. No competent engineer would design a bridge that was essentially not fit for pupose- without millions of remedial work.
Peter Fleming

It was launched at the start of 2000 and is a superb example of a modern 21st century icon which is recognised across the globe
susan coles

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My nomination is the garden shed.