Tbilisi's Bridge of Peace Undulates in Glass and Steel
Covered with crisp wafers of glass encased in a steel membrane, the pedestrian Bridge of Peace is photographic eye candy. Designed by Italian architect Michelle de Lucchi, the bridge has a bow-shaped sunroof that glitters by day and comes ablaze with neon lighting by night. Georgia's presidential palace, as well as an ancient fortress wall, a clifftop church and a statue of the city’s legendary founder, King Vakhtang Gorgasali, all overlook the new sparkling marvel on the block.
Meant to connect two banks - a historic café district and an upcoming modern promenade - the bridge caused a schism rather than unity as some architects say its icy glass and steel clash with the classic brick, woodwork and ornamental architecture of Tbilisi's 19th-Century past. Similar criticism is leveled against the president’s office, another de Lucchi project with an egg-shaped, glass dome bumping on the skyline.
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