This bridge is something right out of an architect’s childhood dream. The 100-feet-long suspension bridge is made out of LEGO.
The Bridge Engineering exhibition is being held at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London. More than 250,000 LEGO bricks were used to erect the massive bridge. The 31-meters-long LEGO bridge shattered the previous world record for the longest suspension bridge made out of LEGO bricks.
The bridge is longer than three London City buses joined end-to-end and weighs more than 75 kilogrammes.
Duncan Titmarsh designed the bridge. He is a certified LEGO professional. It is a replica of the Severn Bridge and was built by the Bright Bricks, Titmarsh’s company, in collaboration with the ICE Gold Medalist, Dr Robin Sham.
It took more than 650 hours to complete the longest LEGO suspension bridge in the world. The previous world record was already broken by the time the bridge was unveiled at the Bridge Engineering Exhibition.
Earlier, the bridge was first assembled in the sports hall of the Weydon School in Farnham, Surrey.
Dr Sham believes that the bridge has much more significance than breaking a world record:
“Bridges connect people and places, both physically and emotionally. The ICE’s visionary Lego Bridge project connects civil engineers with the public, demonstrating the monumental accomplishments of civil engineering. Using familiar Lego bricks to demystify and showcase the extraordinary feats of engineers, I hope the next generation will be inspired to consider engineering as a career.”
This video shows how the world’s longest LEGO bridge was designed and assembled: