Sunday, June 6, 2010

Our Calatrava bridge

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For Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges here is Jerusalem's most spectacular, most ambitious, most expensive--but still unfinished--bridge!

Wikepedia calls it a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge (single-sided angled cantilever) .
It will be the first such curved bridge in the world to carry a light rail mass transit system.

Meanwhile only pedestrians can use it to cross the busy intersection near the western entrance to Jerusalem.

Welcome to the Chords Bridge!
I much prefer to translate its Hebrew name, Gesher HaMetarim, as the Bridge of Strings.

Click on this photo to see the criss-cross of the "strings."
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Together the 66 cables resemble the harp played by King David the Psalmist.
That was Santiago Calatrava's idea in designing this bridge for the Holy City.

You can click on my label "Calatrava" to see stages of construction since early 2007.
See especially http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/strumming-bridge-harp.html for the huge crane, Israel's largest mobile crane, which lifted the sections of bridge which were built in Padua, Italy.
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And http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/gala-for-calatrava.html is full of fireworks and dramatic color illumination of the mast from the inauguration gala.
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Hopefully next year will see the tram/light rail up and running.
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19 comments:

Kay said...

Good grief! It looks really space age... I mean beautiful space age, that is. I can see why it would be expensive.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

What an impression this bridge gives - its elegant in form and curves. Hope it soon will be finished.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Dina!
wow this bridge is massive, thanks for all angles and views in these pictures, it's spectacular!
Hugs from Luxembourg
Léia- Bonjour Luxembourg

Robin said...

It's a beauty alright. I love cable-stayed bridges.

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Tash said...

The 1st photo is just marvellous. And the bridge is so beautiful...it'll be worth the wait.

Louis la Vache said...

Spectacular entry in Sunday Bridges, Dina!

Very interesting to click on the other links you've provided.

VP said...

Calatrava is good for the eyes but not for the pocket. Gorgeous but somewhat unpractical, these bridges had the same problems almost everywhere he built them.

B SQUARED said...

It looks more like art to me.

Rob said...

Modernistic bridge, so many lines and curves - quite graceful.

Kaori said...

Very modern and beautiful design! I love your photos and how they show us a variety of angles :D

Luna Miranda said...

impressive! very futuristic.

Calatrava, by the way, is also a name of a town in my home province.:p

Halcyon said...

At least it's getting some use, even if only by pedestrians! It looks like it will be nice once (if ever) finished.

VioletSky said...

This is one amazing bridge!
it must be wonderful to view it being structured (over the years!)

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like quite an impressive bridge project indeed! Must be a hugely expensive building project, non?

Oakland Daily Photo said...

And you said Jerusalem had no bridges. Not only do you have one, it's really dramatic. I think Calatrava designed the new pedestrian bridge in Venice, too.

J Bar said...

Beautiful curves and cable effects.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

JM said...

I love Calatrava's work! He designed one of Lisbon's train and subway station I have to post soon.

Catherine said...

"The most expensive" you said Dina ? For the pedestrians ? I would have thought they built the most expensive bridge for car traffic...That's what they use to do, usually.

L. D. Burgus said...

This is a beautiful modern structure.