Work has begun on UN stu­dio’s mul­ti­func­tional har­bour bridge in Genoa.
The Amsterdam-based firm led by Ben van Berkel was selected to design Ponte Par­odi, the new 76 000 square meter water­front com­plex that will include a brand new cruise ter­mi­nal, mak­ing for the largest pas­sen­ger port in Italy, as well as retail areas, gar­dens and a three-dimensional piazza.
The huge low-slung piazza will incor­po­rate walk­ways and gar­dens run­ning over the com­mer­cial spaces (around 80 shops in all) as well as cul­tural facil­i­ties and a 1200 seat audi­to­rium.

The long-overdue com­plex will be built near to the Aquar­ium (sec­ond largest in Europe) designed by Genoa-based Renzo Piano and his Build­ing Work­shop along­side Peter Cher­may­eff and Cam­bridge Seven Asso­ciates for the1992 World Expo.

When com­pleted in 2012 the water­front project is expected to bring new life to the har­bour area as well as allow­ing the largest cruise lin­ers in the world to dock here.