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The evolution of Calatrava's Bridge of Stringsby harry • July 04 2008
Bridge of Strings, City planning, Municipal news, Photography
With projects rarely finishing even remotely according to schedule, construction in Jerusalem is so pervasive and continuous that it's hard to believe that work on the Bridge of Strings has finally ended (or has it?). The past six years of bridge building (and its limitations on our city's main circuits) has certainly been infuriating at times, but the result is unquestionably fascinating. Let's look back at the evolution of the bridge from the initial sketch by Santiago Calatrava to the completed architectural marvel.
We'll start off with some interesting (and not so interesting) facts about the bridge provided by the Jerusalem municipality and Moriah, the engineering company that constructed the bridge.
Location: The bridge is located near the main entrance to the city, near the Central Bus Station.
Type of structure: Steel arch bridge, cable span bridge with pylon
Arch material: Steel
Abutments: Reinforced concrete, Mitzpe yellowish limestone
Walkway: Basalt cobblestone paving, glass, stainless steel
The slender and streamlined triangular-shaped steel box of the pylon is inclined backwards to show visible tension, as well as create a clear visual direction towards the city. The cables are arranged in a parabolic shape, which develops three-dimensionally in space, thus amplifying the impressive visual impact unique to this bridge. Overall the strings and form of this structure suggest a giant harp - the harp of King David as a symbol of the holy city - inspiring residents to refer to it as the "Bridge of Strings."
Below is a visual narrative of the bridge's construction, presented in chronological order, from concept to a structure worthy of pyro- and dance-enhanced dedication.
Sketch of Bridge of Strings courtesy of Santiago Calatrava; digital rendering of Bridge of Strings courtesy of Ikan Mass Media; photographs of Bridge of Strings courtesy of Sasson Tiram.
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