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Let's dance

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I queued for an hour and a half to see the inside of this unusual bridge. My previous attempts have always been from the outside.


From the architects: "Twisting high above Floral Street in Covent Garden, the ‘Bridge of

Aspiration’ provides the dancers of the Royal Ballet School with a direct link

to the Grade 1 listed Royal Opera House. The award-winning design

addresses a series of complex contextual issues, and is legible both as a

fully integrated component of the buildings it links, and as an independent

architectural element.

The skewed alignment and different levels of the landing points dictate the

form of the crossing, which is geometrically and structurally simple. A

concertina of 23 square portals with glazed intervals are supported from an

aluminium spine beam. These rotate in sequence for the skew in alignment,

performing a quarter-turn overall along the length of the bridge. The result is

an elegant intervention high above the street, which evokes the fluidity and

grace of dance."

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Taken on September 19, 2009