Whittle Arch and Glass Bridge, Coventry, UK

MacCormac Jamieson Prichard
Date Built
Millennium Place
Coventry's Millennium Place is a large open plaza located between the Coventry Transport Museum and the Pool Meadow Bus Station.  It includes two structural steelwork features, both designed by architects MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, called the Whittle Arch and The Glass Bridge.

The Whittle Arch is in fact two arches, with a
span of 60m, that lean toward each other providing mutual support near the peak. 

The wing-like structure is clad with stainless steel sheets on the top but has a mesh beneath that reveals the internal structure.

It is dedicated to Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine.  A statue of him is located nearby.

Spiraling out of the plaza in front of the Transport Museum is the Glass Bridge. 

This spiral ramp travels over the city wall and the Lady Herbert Garden to the Garden of International Friendship.  The spine of the bridge is a large diameter steel tube. 

Since such a structure would be prone to vibration, the tube contains three tuned mass dampers.  The blue glass fins are designed to reflect and scatter light when the bridge is illuminated at night.

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