Gallery: Winning Design Turns Abandoned Italian Bridge into Eco Village


We have been having a lot of fun profiling projects submitted to the Solar Park South competition which challenged designers to re-imagine a soon to be decommissioned bridge on the Reggio Calabria Highway in Italy. The winning proposal by French team Phillippe Rizzotti and Off Architecture turns the iconic span of roadwork into a vertical village, injecting a sustainable community into the countryside without the resulting impact stemming from development. A well-considered design, the verticality of the residences allows for privacy and views of the unspoiled landscape.

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  1. megacnon October 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I agree. Another exclusive hideaway for the rich. I would have loved to see something more for the public, such as the idea from Francesco Colarossi, integrating wind turbines and a solar highway to create a sustainable, energy generating public park and farmer’s market. Who was the jury? I am curious what their reasoning was being choosing this one, the one that only certain “classes” could afford opposed to something that will benefit everyone/thing?

  2. Lloydlost February 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Nice renders, but do they know that trees have roots? This seems to be a perpetual problem in renders and concepts. Why?

  3. Erik van Lennep February 13, 2011 at 6:00 am

    love to see it get built! (we’re hoping of course that it will all be very well designed against earthquakes….. )

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