santiago calatrava plans bridge to span rio de janeiro’s canal de barra
 
santiago calatrava plans bridge to span rio de janeiro’s canal de barra
sep 17, 2015

santiago calatrava plans bridge to span rio de janeiro’s canal de barra

santiago calatrava plans bridge to span rio de janeiro’s canal de barra
all images © santiago calatrava architects & engineers

 

 

 

spanish architect santiago calatrava is working on plans for a new bridge to traverse rio de janeiro’s canal de barra. once complete, the span will carry the city’s new metro line, connecting the center of rio with barra de tijuca — the area which will host the olympic park and village during the summer games of 2016.

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom
the bridge will traverse rio de janeiro’s canal de barra

 

 

the bridge’s deck, developed by calatrava, has an inclined parabolic pylon — a gleaming white steel arch —  that rises 70 meters above the banks of the canal, generating a striking contrast with the surrounding landscape. laced through the soaring arch are 58 cables, with diameters ranging from 70 to 145 millimeters and length ranging from 42 to 106 meters, effectively distributing loads.

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom
the bridge will carry the city’s new metro line, connecting the center of rio with barra de tijuca

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom
58 individual cables are laced through the soaring arch

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom
supporting the bridge’s deck, a gleaming white steel arch rises to a height of 70 meters

santiago calatrava rio barra bridge rio de janeiro brazil designboom
the site is located close to the region under development in preparation for the 2016 olympic games

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