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Intellectual leap: the Venetian gondola is the inspiration for a new bridge on the Grand Canal.

Somewhat precariously located within the Venetian Lagoon, the city of Venice seems surprisingly resilient to change. Bridges, perhaps, are the most frequent mode of new development, from temporary pontoons and lashed-together boat bridges to more ornate classical assemblages. The Accademia, steeply rising above the Grand Canal, is one such landmark (a contemporary Venetian icon?) providing spectacular views to and from its distinctive timber deck. Its future, however, is in some people's opinion not guaranteed, and in search of the next generation of Venetian structures Future Systems and Arup have designed this research study. With a span of 55 metres, and a generous 4.5 metre deck, the smooth black lines were inspired by the curvaceous hull of the Venetian gondola. Constructed from four tubular steel beams encased within thin-walled aluminium cladding, the stepped platform is contained by sloping glass balustrades which improve views for both adults and children.

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Title Annotation:Venice
Author:Gregory, Rob
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Sep 1, 2006
Words:162
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