Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge located in Newcastle, England is not a normal bridge but a bridge which comes under the category ‘canal’. Canal bridges are huge bridges which are divided in two parts, when a ship is crossing by a canal bridge. The bridge will tilt itself 30-50m degrees up from both sides.

Where as in the Millennium Bridge, the whole body will tilt in one piece. When the Millennium Bridge first operated only 35,000 viewers were standing by. People still see the bridge tilting but such a beautiful bridge can also be seen without motion in its gears.

The bridges cost price was 40 million USD and took more than 2 years to complete after 1 year of the construction was ready to operate in 2003. The beautiful and brilliantly original design by the Wilkinson and Eyre was the outright winner of a competition launched by Gateshead Council in 1996.

Facts

  • The hydraulic system is powered by 8 electric motors which generate 589 horse power.
  • When the bridge is raised the suspension cables are kept taught by 14-ton casting to either side.
  • The bridge is self-cleaning, with litter rolling into chutes at either ends each time the structure tilts.

Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament, a marvel of the modern day. Designed by Enric Miralles, This site is in Edinburgh’s medieval old town squeezed between a royal palaces.

The Catalan architect started sketching flowers and plants as the base layout of the Scottish parliament. Architecturally there were no concessions either to traditional or modern principle rational designs.

Problems were faced due to the death of the Catalan architect but got resolved.

The Building unusual layout and quality o finish became apparent in the pubic foyer, Concrete had been polished to a point where it was as soft as marble. The windows are pretty unusual as each window is handmade and each one has its own design.

Facts

  • Each of the 112 nodes in the debating hall are separately designed for their own purpose.
  • The building is clad in 6,000 sq. m of Kennay granite from Aberdeenshire, in Scotland.
  • Each office has an area by the window known as “a contemplate space”.