Filed under: Architecture & Design
The bridge will link the Italian mainland to the Island of Sicily. Libeskind's compound would be built on the Calabrian side of the span and would include shops and hotels. Work is expected to begin by the end of the year on the massive highway and rail bridge that will connect Calabrian "toe" of the Italian peninsula to the port of Messina, Sicily. This is an idea thousands of years in the making with everyone from the ancient Romans to Charlemagne eager to bring these land masses together. In the last 20 years the project has been through a series of stops and starts but Silvio Berlusconi vowed to restart the project. It is expected to cost over six billion euros and could take at least five years to build. Even though it will save hours in transit time not everyone is a fan of the project. Some see it more as an expression of Berlusconi's ego rather than something that will be of maximum benefit to the area.