During an earlier post on Luxury Waterfront Developments I began to think about those developments where you need to cross the water. That led me to research bridges and how they could add value in a master plan especially those for pedestrians and cyclists.
Santiago Calatrava is often known as the ‘Starchitect’ of designer bridges. I have been lucky enough to walk over a few of them including The Puente de la Mujer Bridge in Buenos Aires and the Ponte della Costituzione in Venice. I once contacted his office during an architect pre-selection process and was sent an exciting book of his best work. A Calatrava bridge, can act like a monument of modern infrastructural art. On its own it can bring international recognition to a development project.
Of course there are now plenty of other artistic contenders creating fantastic and sometimes illusionary or gravity defying structures. Plus there are a few retrofits of existing bridges.
In your development when you have to cross water (or a road, a train track or a gully) why not embrace this functional necessity with an architectural and often value adding bridging edifice?