Harp Design Bridge in Italy Connects Two Sides of a City

The new Cosenza Bridge in Calabria, Italy connects two sides of the city, an important project that unifies areas once detached on the banks of the Crati river.

santiago calatrava's cosenza bridge connects two sides of a calabrian city

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the structure serves more than just a useful purpose but also enhances the beauty of the city resembling a towering musical harp.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

The bridge extends 459 feet in length and 269 feet in height above the road. It’s most striking feature are the inclined pylon ropes rising up and above the urban landscape below.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

Made from steel, concrete, and natural stone, Calatrava adds a touch of his personal style to the design with the materials used while paying tribute to deceased Danish designer and visual artist Jorgen Hovelskov who created the “Viking Chair,” later titled the “Harp Chair,” in the early 60’s.

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair

The ascending pylon is made of slender steel and draws the gaze upward.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge The lighting complements the design by creating a “carpet of light,” illuminating the bridge 24 hours a day.  Lighting designers, Zumtobel Group, used energy saving LED technology for visual comfort and aesthetics.  Additionally, LED lights were placed into the lower part of the railings.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

Future plans for the Cosenza bridge design include a steel and glass-covered shelter for pedestrians on the riverbank closest to the pylon.