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Glass Bridge (not Yet Realized)

This is a Glass Bridge (not yet realized). It was made for (as the client) Hewlett-Packard. It is dated 2003. Its medium is sheet glass.

Is it possible to make a bridge out of glass?
To celebrate the luminous potential of glass and use it as a sole structural material, the studio experimented with compressing 1,200 pieces, or 154 tons, into a traversable beam. Bridges have been built using compression since the stone arches of antiquity; this new design squeezes sheets of industrially produced flat glass horizontally. The studio developed this concept and investigated its feasibility with scale models and prototypes in collaboration with bridge-design and glass-technology experts. A test with full-size rigs proved that the glass beam was strong enough to support a person standing at its midpoint.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

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

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