31 March 2017

The Great White Hoop: Five years of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Here's an interesting article on a Calatrava bridge in Dallas, Texas. I don't like the bridge, but the piece offers an interesting perspective on the limitations of building such a monumental structure without any real regard to its context. I'm mainly sharing the link, however, because there are some excellent photos at the end of the article.



Bridge Ink said...

I didn't see any great shots of the bridge in that article.
I know you (and almost everyone else) like to pick on Calatrava and his excesses, but he sure produces some great photo opportunities. I got these shots in a 4 hour period in 2012.


I hope this link works on your site.

The Happy Pontist said...

Thanks for those. This is my favourite from the article: https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1490418839-bridge-sshow-010.JPG?w=724&h=500&auto=format&q=60&fit=clip. With Calatrava, everything is about the geometry, nothing is about the context, and I like the photos that emphasise that quality.

Mark Yashinsky said...

An arch is a clever way of supporting the cables, however I couldn't really see what the cables were doing. They look like they form a net at the top of the arch, but that's most likely an optical illusion. A successful structure should allow you to see how its supporting the loads. Maybe as I got used to looking at it I would be able to see it more clearly? It's a very 3 dimensional structure with the transverse arch supporting the longitudinal cables.

I agree that Bridge Ink did a better job of capturing the structure. For one thing I could see how ordinary looking the approaches were. Wouldn't it have been nicer to repeat the arch shape in some way for the bents? There is too much of a contrast between the extraordinary cable span and extra ordinary approach spans!