Dante O. Benini, Founder and Chief Architect of Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects, comments: "The idea of the first bridge was conceived when Richard Meier decided to share the project with my firm in Italy, when our input back then was focused on the destruction and disaster that had occurred just a few years ago during the 1994 flood. [...] The real success of the project has not just been bringing people back to the river, but in making the pedestrian part of the bridge the most coveted square in the city, and the most extraordinary place for social gatherings for the citizens of Alessandria. This was possible thanks to the concept we developed along with Richard Meier & Partners, and by constructing the pedestrian bridge at zero cost, structurally being the counterweight of the vehicular bridge. All these things make the bridge a humanistic object that celebrates architecture and civic space."
Richard Meier & Partners has designed and built a number of projects in Italy including the Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, the Jesolo Lido Village, Condominium and Hotel in Jesolo, and the iconic Jubilee Church and Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
"We first began working in Italy, while designing the Cittadella Bridge and the Jubilee Church over twenty years ago, and we have worked together with the Comune di Alessandria to complete this important civic space for the city. [...] As in many of our buildings, this project is a composition of volumes and forms, and at dawn and dusk, and with the change of the seasons light will filter through the structure providing for particularly animated light conditions. We hope the Cittadella Bridge contributes to the life of the city and takes advantage of the site." states Mr. Meier.
Location: Alessandria, Italy
Client: Comune di Alessandria
Gross Floor Area: 4.150 m2
Cost of Construction: 14.450.000,00 Euro
Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects
Design Team: Alfonso d’Onofrio, Jim Sawyer, Matteo Pericoli
Works Management: Simone Ferracina
Structural: Arup, Seteco Ingegnereria
Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone, Enel Sole
Photography: © Hufton+Crow