OLYMPIC PARK COMPETITION, 2007
the olympic rose footbridge carries excited spectators to the stadium
in legacy it reveals, illuminates and shelters the historic canal lock below
A bridge takes you from one place to another, and has an above and a below.
Typically, the above is light, and the below, dark. Stories unfold. What is below the
Over the Carpenter’s Lock sits a disc made of rolled steel plates and coloured glass
lenses. It is a temporary bridge for the London Olympics. The experience of crossing
the bridge is heightened by the passage of light, colour, rain and people.
The disc is lifted up into the air in the post-Olympics Legacy Park, to reveal the
historic lock below. Inside the green basin people bask in the luminous dappled light
of the Olympic colours. The bridge becomes a sign and a gathering place for the local
community, retaining the memory of the global community that crossed over it
during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Architects Tonkin Liu
Client Olympic Delivery Authority
Location London, UK
Budget £ 7 million
Span 78 m
Structural Engineer Atelier One
Sustainability BDP Sustainability
Landscape Grant Associates
Awards Olympic Park Bridges and Underpasses Competition finalist