It is this bridge which has struck the biggest interest with me so far. As such I have investigated it further.
This beautiful design seems to have perfect placement and integration amongst the city of London. The design is elegant and appropriate to it's purpose and despite being very different to the conventional image of London, it does not seem out of place in the city at all. In fact, in the image above, the bridge seems to have been accepted so much by the environment that it seems natural to see it there.
The chosen place for the bridge cleverly connects a currently "unresolved curve" "to link Covent Garden to the South Bank". It is located right next to a tube entrance/ exit to ensure a steady flow of users.
Heatherwick describes the design as two "planters coming up like people might have their garden", "just on a slightly different scale". This can kind of be seen from the 4 screenshots above, which were take of an animation of the bridge growing out of the water, just as organically as the idea it represents.
The idea behind the Garden Bridge is to allow people to take their time and meander across it. The intention is not to provide another bridge for people to rush across, but one for people to enjoy. It is set at a different pace to the rest of London, creating a juxtaposition right in the heart of the city.