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Calatrava unveils Tel Aviv footbridge - image

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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has completed this bridge in Israel.

The project - a Y-shaped footbridge - is in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikvah.

Built over the crowded Jabotinsky Road, the cable-stayed footbridge allows pedestrians to cross from a major hospital to a shopping mall (known as the Grand Canyon) and a residential development and public park.

The span over Jabotinsky Road is 50m long, while the other two arms of the bridge are each 40m long. The structure is supported from a 30m-high, inclined steel pylon, situated where the three spans intersect. Light in construction, the bridge is built principally of steel, with a deck paved in glass.

Representatives of the client, Azorim Properties, commissioned Calatrava to design the bridge after they saw an exhibition of his work at the Technion Museum in Tel Aviv.

Another project in Israel by Calatrava, the Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge, is currently under construction.

by Ed Dorrell

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