I have recently designed a bridge for Venice, the Piazza Roma footbridge, and in this bridge, I used a type of beam that is very similar to the ones I used for the warehouse, but expressed in another way. If you look at the bridge, you find all the elements of a traditional Venetian bridge, including the embank- ment and staircases on both sides. But the bridge itself is a very shallow arch, as a result of using these beams. I thought it important to achieve a certain simplicity of expression in the bridge and therefore, the bridge is effectively done using only two beams and making its form a function of the form of the beams. As the beams become wider at the center, the bridge becomes wider too. The details of the embankment and its complementary staircase reinforce not only the expression of the embankment’s mass, but also, the pull of the bridge. I did not want to use the lower part of the arch as a compression element; only the two lateral ones. The lower element is just for stability.
그가 어느 인터뷰에서 이런 말을 남겼다는데… 엔지니어라면 한 번쯤은 되씹어 볼 좋은 말이다.
“It is important to take the risk of technological experimentation, because routine building practices, which respond to fixed conditions, can be more risky in the end.”
“기술적인 새로운 실험의 위험 부담을 감수하는 것은 매우 중요합니다. 왜냐하면 입증된 상태만을 반영하려고 하는 일상적인 우리의 실무관념이 결국에는 더 위험한 결과를 초래할 수 있기 때문입니다.”
출처 : 월간 건축문화 2004월호