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Bridging the opinion divide

08.03.2012 From our online archive
An organisation aimed at protecting Luxembourg's heritage has criticised the construction of a new glass bridge in the capital, saying it will destroy a 180-year-old jewel.

An organisation aimed at protecting Luxembourg's heritage has criticised the construction of a new glass bridge in the capital, saying it will destroy a 180-year-old jewel.

Work has already begun constructing the glass-panelled bridge that is to connect the town hall in Place Guillaume II with the new Bierger Center.

But, the Luxembourg Patrimoine association fears that the project will do more harm than good.

Organisation president Roman Modert said: “The building of the municipal administration of the capital and two symmetrical staircases that surround it are emblematic of classical architecture. Today, one of the stairs was destroyed and the project plans to re-form one-third of this building.

"We want these stones retained so that we can rebuild that staircase in 15 or 20 years ... when the glass bridge will be out of fashion!"

The project to link the public administration building with the town hall was first launched in 2007.

Initial projections provided by architects and planners Nico Steinmetz and Arnaud De Meyer showed a 60-metre, transparent bridge, which found support among city planners who praised the design for its "strength and courage."

The renovations have not found favour with all sides, however. As a symbol of the capital, Place Guillaume II and its buildings is the most photographed area by tourists visiting Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Heritage said it regrets the decisions to "destroy" the city's architectural heritage and is calling for action to prevent further damage.