Mark Barfield Architects

Name of project
Bridge of the Future

[competition scheme]
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The Bridge of the Future was a competition to design a hypothetical bridge.The architects David Marks and Julia Barfield took inspiration from the massive cantilever in the tail skeletons of the largest dinosaurs.
This pedestrian bridge, designed to span some 200 metres, is also a cantilever - its tip merely touches the ground, with all the support provided at the broad base end. From here, cables stretch like tendons along the bridge in an arc, pulling the huge steel 'vertebrae' into a giant spine. Like a tail, the structure can flex in response to the weight of people crossing it, or to the sideways pressure of crosswinds.