Six shortlisted proposals have been unveiled for the Illuminated River design competition, which will see 17 London bridges between Albert and Tower bridge lit up as part of a permanent light installation.
Designs by six international teams – including New York architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s scrolling light proposal for Chelsea Bridge – will go on display from tomorrow (9 November) in a free public exhibition at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Other proposals include a ripple-covered London Bridge which mirrors the ripples of the Thames and a multicoloured Southwark bridge, both designed by a team led by Adjaye Associates.
The proposals are available to view online, and the public is being invited to share their thoughts on the designs via a survey at the exhibition and on the Illuminated River site. A jury including Lord Rothschild and Malcolm Reading will then decide the overall winner.
£10 million pledged
The competition organiser, Malcolm Reading Consultants, has also announced that £10 million is being pledged to go to the project – £5 million from Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing through the Arcadia Fund, and a further £5 million from the Rothschild Foundation.
Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, says: “We believe that the Illuminated River will not only be a wonderful celebration of the River Thames, London’s vital artery, but will make a major contribution to the growing importance of London’s night-time economy, underlining London as…a centre for creative industries.”
The Illuminated River exhibition will be on display 9-29 November, with the winning design team being announced online on 8 December.