Invisible Glass Bridge

IMAGO architects, London , 2010


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  • Plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • General arrangement - garden section    
  • Detail - section B    
  • Detail - section A    

Private residential; terraced house Parsons Green

This glass bridge design evolved where there was a requirement for maximum daylight to a basement room in a very tight space- a terraced house with a compact garden.

The basement lightwell is restricted to under 2 metres wide and at ground floor the connection to the remaining garden from the kitchen needed to be generous to be functional. Using structural glass beams both to support the walk on glass bridge deck and – the particular innovation- to form the side balustrades, meant that steel framing elements or fixings, which would cause shading and visual clutter, could be omitted.

The omission of any visible mechanical fixings to the associated balustrading at the sides of the lightwell as well, maintains the visual connection between the garden and the house. The non-slip etched pattern on the walk-on surface also offers a degree of privacy and sense of solidity whilst maintaining translucency.


  • Begun: Aug 2010
  • Completed: Dec 2010
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £19,785
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2010
  • Procurement: Named subcontractor JCT Intermediate
  • Address: 11 Quarrendon St , London , SW6 3ST, United Kingdom

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