speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge
 
speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge
jun 21, 2012

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge

‘twin sails bridge’ by wilkinson eyre, poole, UK images courtesy of speirs +major image © dave morris / speirs + major

 

 

 

speirs + major have recently completed the lighting design for the ‘twin sails bridge’ in poole, united kingdom completed by london-based wilkinson eyre architects. the horizontal form takes its influence from the sea, horizon and sky. illuminations line the structural ribs by accentuating the reflections of the water. functional lanterns for the road, cycle paths and pedestrian walkways are integrated into the vehicle galvanized steel barriers and handrails. a wave-form art screen made of stainless steel bars separates the foot traffic from the roadway with a red LED glowing underneath to allow for way-finding across the span.

 

when the bridge is open, the diagonal connection at the center of the deck separates to create two triangular sails. during the evening, the gateway generates a dramatic transformation to brighten the area. in an animated sequence the white light of the pedestrian walkway turns to red which begins from the top of the wing descending downward. in this state, the structure heightens the anticipation of entry, creating an event that the community can witness and be a part of. the carbon fiber masts emphases its verticality structure which is capped with a glowing section of frosted acrylic containing an ivory LED.

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge view from shoreline image © dave morris / speirs + major

 

 

 

the harbor master was consulted with regards to the lighting technologies and luminaries to reduce spill and glare. life time and easy maintenance were high priorities for the illumination of the bridge. structural agents were designed for the under deck so it can be rotated and pulled back in their place for up keep. specialized fluorescent lamps for the road ensure no disruption to output to the cold temperature of the winter months. the entire structure is controlled by a time clock and photocell, with a direct link to the mechanical operating system to ensure the evening animation is synchronized with the opening of the bridge.

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge bridge when closed image © dave morris / speirs + major

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge image © dave morris / speirs + major

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge pedestrian walkway image © dave morris / speirs + major

speirs + major and wilkinson eyre: twin sails bridge white sails image © dave morris / speirs + major


twin sails bridge, pool UK
video © speirs + major

 

project info:

 

title: twin sails bridge location: poole, UK completion date: 09 march 2012 lighting design: speirs + major client: borough of pool architect: wilkinson eyre electrical engineer: ramboll (previously giffords) main contractor: hochtief (uk) construction ltd electrical contractor: IES

  • an aerial video would have been more effective.

    Aj
  • Property prices have gone up loads on the south side of this bridge, as it is now commutable to Poole and Bournemouth.
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    Textile Diffuser
  • Property prices have gone up loads on the south side of this bridge, as it is now commutable to Poole and Bournemouth.

    Textile Diffuser
  • Contrary to the above this is fantastic.. Functional yet elegant and the lighting is magnificent.

    Rossco
  • Nope, sorry, meaningless.
    A sail means nothing if it does not harness the wind.
    In the old days, we used to call this form of design ‘mass-debation’

    mackenzie collins

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