the 1850, Canal Grande was just crossed by the magnificent and famous
Rialto bridge: no other bridge was on the winding lagoon path!!
In 10 years, Austrians, who governed the city, realized what that during
many centuries Serenissima had not able to do. Two bridges were built:
one facing the Railway Station the other nearby the Accademia Gallery.
Two iron bridges that, even modified later in form and materials, put
a sign on the city landscape.
many years it's been discussed if Venice should, or better could have
another bridge. The historical fabric of the city, so strongly distinguished,
did not allow any further integration, neither that one due to the construction
of a new building.
Incredible development of international tourism associated with new demands
of the city brought often the attention on the secular city of most famous
architects. But times when Venice was a laboratory for architectural workings
passed: occasions lost with Le Corbusier, Kahn, Wright,
and more recently with Siza, demonstrated that the attitude was
not the best.
Now another possibility: the occasion to leave a strong sign but light
at the same time and almost not "offensive" in the traditional
The bridge that Spanish engineer Santiago Calatrava thought for
Venice invites to the respect of the place.
Intention to link the arrival area of Venice (Piazzale Roma) with the
railway station area, is a real necessity that cannot be extended: solve
the problem is not so easy.
An occasion that must not be wasted.