Many of the world’s canals are exceptional feats of engineering. It is a rarity when they also offer inspirational design. One such example is Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift that reconnects Union Canal to Forth & Clyde Canal in Scotland. The wheel elevates boats approx. 25 meters (82 feet) in four minutes using a mere 1.5KWH.
Architectural design is attributed to RMJM in collaboration with numerous Engineering firms including Butterley Engineering, Tony Gee and Partners, Bennett Associates and M&E Engineering. In 2005 Lumivision incorporated lighting into the structure as depicted below, bolstering Falkirk Wheel’s iconicism even further.
If you’re interested in seeing more, a visitor has posted a great photographic walkthrough.