Calatrava’s Bridge – Ponte della Costituzione
Picture of a different Venice: Calatrava’s Bridge.
Many controversies has accompanied The “Ponte della Costituzione” (Calatrava’s Bridge) since its planning: the final realization costs have doubled the initial budget of the project, its relatively steep pavement and small steps have caused many falls, and even its usefulness has been argued.
Still, this fourth bridge crossing the Grand Canal has captured my attention more than once, and I think it is well worth a couple of pictures. This bridge connect Piazzale Roma, the entrance to Venice accessible to motor vehicles, to the rest of Venice. Its style itself seems to bridge the gap between the past and the future, or between the decorative medieval architecture of Venice and the pure lines of the modern architecture. Calatrava’s bridge merges in a minimalist style both elements and materials from different period. A modern structure made of steel tubes forms the core of an arched truss bridge while the stairway is paved with the traditional pietra d’Istria, alternated with tempered glass steps. The parapet is also glass, with a bronze handrail on top. A pleasant concealed lighting emphasizes with its fluorescentness the smooth lines of the structure and the quality of its materials, giving a futuristic touch to the ensemble.
Location: The “Ponte della Costituzione” (Calatrava’s Bridge), Venice.
What to shot: The bridge itself.
Ideal time to shot: All day long.
Gear: Standard zooms.
How to get there: Public transport water bus station Piazzale Roma (line 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), public transport station terminal Piazzale Roma.
Coordinates: 45° 26′ 16″ N 12° 19′ 07″ E