Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ponte della Costituzione

Ponte della Costituzione, Constitution Bridge by Santiago Calatrava, Canal Grande, Grand Canal, Venice
Ponte della Costituzione (Constitution Bridge) by Santiago Calatrava, 2007
Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2012

“Tourists crossing a new bridge built across Venice's Grand Canal have stumbled across a possible flaw, which has landed 10 of them in casualty with twisted ankles and other minor injuries. The 10 tourists were treated after taking a tumble on the 94-metre long Constitution Bridge, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, which opened on September 11. Pedestrians who lost their footing have blamed the bridge's irregularly spaced steps, some of which act as viewing points, and the disorienting optical effect of the sectioned stone and glass flooring.”
(Bridge trips tourists, The Guardian)


cieldequimper said...

It doesn't look dangerous... Love that boat and the colour of the water.

Andy said...

It's winter and cold here. When I viewed your photo I could feel the warm air seeping out. PS: One would think that after building bridges for centuries a modern day architect could get it right on the first try.

Dina said...

Oi, too modern for old Venice, but at least the bridge does not have a huge mast and cables.
It sounds like I would get dizzy up there, trying to navigate the steps and optical effect.
Makes you wonder if Calatrava ever tried walking across a model of the bridge before they built it.

tapirgal said...

Oops! I'm sure it cost a lot of money to install the unfortunate surface. Wonderful colors. I agree with Dina on the style.