The most outstanding characteristics of this project are the extremely tight planning which included laying of piles and foundations, continuous interfacing of the metal carpentry, glass paneling and lighting system, and the unique installation phases. 3D software made it possible to design and modify project geometry, calculating each glass curvature and determining the exact position for all brackets anchored to the steel structure.
The 2,000 sqm (21,500 sq ft) glazed cover features a double curvature surface and is composed of quadrangular point fixed laminated glass panels, supplied flat and force-deformed during installation with the 'cold twist' technique. The 120 m (394 ft) long suspended walkway is a slender box structure, made entirely of steel, hung from the roof with 46 steel bars.
Tbilisi Bridge, which connects Avlabari to Rike on the other side of the river, is an extraordinary presence in the heart of the city. The bridge is in itself a distinctly recognizable symbol, for it brings two separate parts into contact and points up relationships between dissimilar people, cultures and ideological positions aiming to the construction of dialogue, understanding and peace. The bridge is built in steel and glass and is surprisingly suspended from its roof, whose rounded and sinuous shape is visible from the whole city.
Michele De Lucchi, aMDL
Creation of a pedestrian bridge covered with a steel and glass roof.
CLIENT: Old City Rehabilitation and Development Fund
ARCHITECT: aMDL arch. Michele De Lucchi in collaboration with Favero & Milan Ingegneria
CONTRACTOR: Permasteelisa Interiors S.r.l. / Cimolai S.p.A., a Joint Venture
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