Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

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The Ponte della Costituzione is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and was moved into place in 2007, amid protest by politicians and the general public. The bridge was installed in 2008 and opened to the public on the night of September 11, 2008. The bridge was known as Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande before the official name was adopted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian constitution in 2008. Tourists and locals in Venice now refer to it as the Calatrava Bridge .PlanningIn June 1999, the Municipality of Venice drafted a preliminary plan for a fourth bridge over the Grand Canal. Using a public selection process, they commissioned Santiago Calatrava in November 1999 to design the new bridge. Calatrava's response was an arched bridge with a large radius which was designed to be constructed off-site and installed entirely from the canal.DesignCalatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of, with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Girders placed perpendicular to the arches join them together. The girders consist of steel tubes and plates, which form closed section boxes. The stairway on the bridge is paved with pietra d'Istria, a stone traditionally used in Venice, alternating with tempered glass steps illuminated from below by fluorescent lights. The parapet is also tempered glass, terminating in a bronze handrail with concealed lighting. The contractor which had the task of constructing of the footbridge was Cignoni. Design and installation studies were carried out by a specialized group: professors Renato Vitaliani (Padua University) and Francesco Colleselli (Brescia University) for geotechnical and foundation aspects, the company Mastropasqua-Zanchin & Associates Structural Engineering for the steel arch and weldings verification, Fagioli Group and Giorgio Romaro (Padua University) for the installation activities.
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  • I very much appreciate the works of Calatrava. Frankly I do not find myself in this bridge. Unusual for superstars and, perhaps, out of place in Venice.
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  • By bus to the hotel near the station after the arrival of Roman square was available. The stairs still back was arched a beautiful bridge in the distance. Also the stairs up all 間mo無ku down stairs. The suitcases for tourists to cross this bridge in the world would think of side slope you want with.
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  • Designed to link the train station with the bus centre, features width to account for volume of travellers fails the accessibility test with steps on the inclines  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge! It is a masterpiece of mordern architecture but also it doesn't conflict with the venetian amazing old buildings.
  • One of the best looking pedestrian bridges I've ever seen. Very modern design. If it's good to walk on I don't know :)
  • Fabulous the Constitution Bridge is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice. It has been designed by Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of 180 metres (590 ft), with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Please mark this review as Helpful as it deems appropriate.
  • It is awesome, just remember there are stairs and you probably have a wheeled suitcase, so be careful
  • Great views. Much quieter than Rialto and thus lovelier. You can stand and watch easier traffic go by without hassle.
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