The architects envisioned a moving structure made of five beams that creates a fan-like effect: the first finger can rise up to 70 degrees, while the last beam lifts high enough to create a free space over the surface of the canal. The beams, which weigh between six to seven tons, are counterbalanced with a 40 ton load that enables them to move at a steady and safe pace. The balustrades feature built-in LED lights and provide enough illumination for the short-span crossing.
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The structure replaces the broken “corkscrew” bridgeand acts as a piece of urban design while functioning as an infrastructural element. It is part of a larger initiative to regenerate the neighborhood and will be part of a project to include six new buildings, three of which are already built.
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