This past December, the London Borough of Wandsworth launched a competition for a new bridge spanning the River Thames. Connecting Nine Elms on the south bank and Pimlico on the north bank, this controversial bridge would offer something conspicuously absent from Thomas Heatherwick's recently-approved "Garden Bridge": pathways open to cyclists. Upon completion, the Nine Elms bridge is expected to carry approximately 9,000 pedestrians and 9,000 cyclists daily. Earlier this week, the Wandsworth Council released an online gallery of all 74 proposals under consideration, and some pretty wild ideas made made the cut.
According to Dezeen, the jury will draw up a shortlist of up to four designs next month, after which one winning scheme will be chosen to "move towards a planning application." In the meantime, we browsed through all of the (anonymous) proposals and emerged with 19 of the weirdest, coolest, and most intriguing. Enjoy!