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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas, Texas, United States

Thursday 20 Aug 2009

Calatrava US bridge coming together

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas by Santiago Calatrava in Texas, United States
Copyright Daniel Driensky 
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas by Santiago Calatrava in Texas, United States
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21/06/11 Jaime, Miami
regardless of wether you love it or hate it, It is a testament to the dynamic aspirational personality that Dallas has as a city.
An architect friend who worked for RTKL once told me that Dallas was an "Epcot Center version" of a city. With structures like the DSO, KMD's stadium, the Opera and the FED, Dallas is shedding it's nuveau-riche, golden Escalade image for a sophisticated urban center.
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01/06/11 Benjamin Samuel, Dallas
I love Mr. Calatrava's work, including this one. It's simplistic beauty makes it iconic just on that alone. This man is a living legend across the world. This landmark will pay the great city of Dallas back in spades in the years and decades to come. It is an incredible work of art. As someone that has worked for a major airline for the past quarter century of my life I have traveled many places. Most world class cities have this one thing in common, a landmark bridge or waterway. Thank you Mr. Calatrava for gracing the city of Dallas with your work. You other people that left negative comments need to get out more....
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01/02/11 Mary Lane, Dallas
I just kept thinking surely this thing wasn't finished. This eyesore looks like exposed bathroom plumbing! Can't believe we've spent a kajillion dollars for a bridge we didn't need to force us to look at this travesty for years to come.
31/08/09 Carlos Balmori, Valladolid (Spain)
Santiago Calatrava is the only architect-engineer-sculptor existing today, follower of Gaudi and Le Corbusier in the history of architecture.
26/08/09 Lee Young, Richardson, TX
I love Calatrava's work -- except for this one. I don't know what Dallas did to deserve a bridge that's little more than an oversized paper clip with guy wires.
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2060 North Collins Blvd #112
Richardson TX 75080
26/08/09 Diego Suarez, Costa Rica
I was quite disappointed when I saw the render, since I’ve always believe and still do, that architecture should find a balance between functionality and creativity (formal aspect) and given the fact that in the render shows no need at all for the arc that hold up the “span” of the bridge since there’s nothing to span across to; it’s seems a bit overkill even for an iconic structure.

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Design becoming reality for new Dallas icon 

The first batch of steel for what will be Santiago Calatrava's first vehicular bridge in the United States has been delivered signalling an important moment for the 'signature' Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas.

When approached to design the bridge for the city of Dallas, the world-renowned architect, engineer and artist derived a plan that will not only create a new icon for the city’s skyline, but will also pump life back into the Trinity River. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas is also designed as a symbolic gesture; a gateway into the city and the realization of the Trinity River’s enormous capacity to bring a new piece of functional, yet beautiful development to Dallas.

The cable stay steel bridge with pylon is located in downtown Dallas, between Continental Avenue and Union Pacific Railroad Bridges the structure will cross the Trinity River Corridor linking West Dallas/North Oak Cliff with the downtown area. At a length of 418.5m and a width of 36.7m the bridge carries 6 lanes of traffic across the water.

Famed in particular for his bridges, the architect's design has been carefully drawn to enabling the use of a light, efficient deck system, with the central pylon supporting the deck via cable-stays. The array of cables effectively distributes the forces over the pylon and the symmetry of permanent loads helps maintain a slender, balanced arch pylon. The arch pylon is a closed steel box with internal diaphragms, stiffeners and anchorages for the cables.

The central box girder acts as a spine and contributes greatly to the torsional rigidity of the system which allows the cables to anchor along the centre-line of the bridge. The regularly-spaced ribs and edge box girders help provide a frame which is stiff in-plane.

Construction began on site in 2007 and is set to complete by the end of 2010.

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