Lifschutz's Illuminated River plans green-lit by City

ILLUMI_Illuminated River Foundation_Final Design Concept -c- Leo Villareal Studio

Planners back vision for six of the bridges required for ‘world’s longest artwork’

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won planning permission for a tranche of structures included in its Illuminated River project to light up 15 Thames bridges in different ways, making up what it has called the “world’s longest public artwork”.

This week the City of London’s planning and highways committee approved its proposals for London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, the Millennium Bridge, and both bridges at Blackfriars – the first four of which make up the scheme’s first phase.

LDS, in collaboration with US artist and architect Leo Villareal, beat competition from 105 design teams in 20 countries to the project, which is supported by the Illuminated River Foundation. Finalists included David Adjaye, Amanda Levete, Sam Jacob and Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

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