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Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

2002

  • Work on this object began.

2004

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2017

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Rolling Bridge, 2002–2004

This is a Rolling Bridge. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) The Paddington Basin Development Corporation, Chelsfield. It is dated 2002–2004. Its medium is painted mild steel, stainless steel cable, wood, aluminum.



Image 1: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, shown closed.
Image 2: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, shown as it is beginning to be raised.
Image 3: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, in the process of being raised.
Image 4: Rolling Bridge, which spans an inlet off Paddington Basin, London, in the process of being raised.
Image 5: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, in the process of being raised.
Image 6: Rolling Bridge, which spans an inlet off Paddington Basin, London, begins to curl over itself as it is being raised.
Image 7: Rolling Bridge in the process of being raised to allow boats to pass through an inlet off Paddington Basin, London.
Image 8: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, begins to curl over itself as it is being raised to allow boats to pass through an inlet off Paddington Basin.
Image 9: Rolling Bridge, which spans an inlet off Paddington Basin, London, begins to curl over itself as it is being raised and will form an octagonal shape on the opposite bank when fully raised.
Image 10: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, nearly fully raised.
Image 11: Rolling Bridge, near Paddington Station, London, forms an octagonal shape on the opposite bank when it is fully raised.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

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Its dimensions are

L x W (open): 1200 × 140 cm (39 ft. 4 7/16 in. × 55 1/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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