The Bridge of Aspiration

Twisting high above Floral Street in Covent Garden, the Bridge of Aspiration provides the dancers of the Royal Ballet School with a direct link to the Grade I listed Royal Opera House.

The award-winning design is both a highly practical link between the two building, and a striking architectural landmark in its own right.

A concertina of 23 square portals with glazed intervals is supported from an aluminium spine beam. These rotate in sequence for the skew in alignment, performing a quarter-turn overall along the length of the bridge.

The result is an elegant structure high above the street, which evokes the fluidity and grace of dance.

Upper School students are lucky enough to be able to cross the Bridge regularly, either to go for lunch at the Royal Opera House staff and artists' canteen, or to attend rehearsals for Royal Ballet performances.