Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for hometown Genoa after tragedy

Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for hometown Genoa after tragedy
Copyright Reuters
Copyright Reuters
By Claire Heffron with Reuters
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

Renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to help design a new Genoa bridge to replace the one that collapsed, killing 43 people.


The 80-year-old Piano, who shot to fame with the design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris in the 1970s and decades later designed The Shard in London, lives in France but still keeps an office near Genoa.

The project was announced after a discussion between the regional governor of Liguria, Giovanni Toti, and Piano.

“My commitment is above all moral, to make sure that the new bridge has the traits of Genoa, of our qualities and a little of our parsimony,” Piano told reporters after the meeting.

“I can’t think of anything else but that bridge.”

Italy’s populist government has pledged to strip the state concession to the toll road company that managed the bridge and to have it rebuilt quickly, preferably by the state-controlled Fincantieri.

The collapsed bridge, completed in 1967, was seen as an avant-garde work of engineering at the time and became a symbol connecting two sides of a city that snaked along the seashore.

“Renzo Piano voluntarily offered, as a competent Genovese, to give this new bridge project as a gift to the city,” Toti said. “We happily accepted the help, and he’s already made a few proposals.”

Share this articleComments

You might also like

What does Italy’s far-right election win mean for country’s other main parties?

Italy heads to the polls in election that could see the far-right come to power

Giuseppe Conte: Italy's ex-PM bids to revive Five Star Movement