Observation Deck on the Po river


Published on DVD by "Ordine degli Architetti di Piacenza"

This project provides an Observation Deck and a snack bar suspended on the river. It's like a sort of Fisherman's House.

It's a light volume with an irregular and spontaneous design, made of wood, steel, and glass, that, thanks to its large transparent surfaces, interacts with the surrounding nature and reflects the colors of the sunset.

TThe east side of the building, parallel to the bridge, is shielded from traffic noise by a sound-proof structural wood panel. The other three sides overlook the landscape with large glass walls.

The floor of the Observation Deck is aligned with the bridge lower beam. The volume is tall enough - 10m at the top - to be seen from the bridge and to constitute a visual attraction.

It's possible to go in:

  1. from the sidewalk through a wood and steel footbridge.
  2. from the cycle path, descending a ramp and crossing the bridge at the beams level. Therefore the deck can also be reached by bike, and it's preceded by a large terrace with bicycle stands.