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Swing Bridge
by Tonkin Liu

James Balston

Tonkin Liu designed Swing Bridge in London, UK.

This project highlights the unique circumstances in which the Crystal Palace Park Dinosaur Islands required a secure crossing – thus began the making of the structural artwork that is now Swing Bridge.

Informed by Tonkin Liu team's decade-long immersion in biomimetic studies, the project delivers three specific innovations: swinging to access the banks, undulating geometry for structural strength, and the comb-construction technique.

The 167-year-old, Grade I Listed concrete dinosaur sculptures were configured to depict extinct animals in the lost worlds of deep geological time.

The team chose the bridge's location to mark the start of this sequence, helping to tell a story of evolution.


This project has been longlisted in the landscape project category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: Tonkin Liu

Project: Swing Bridge

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