Saturday, August 23, 2008

Covington ascending

The Ascent
In rough geographic terms, Covington, Kentucky, is to Cincinnati as Hoboken, New Jersey, is to New York City. An evening in this riverfront city, an hour and a half upriver from Lousiville, reminded me of Covington's architectural and topographical beauty. Perhaps no other building in Covington is as eye-catching as The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind:
The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge in Covington provides a dynamic addition to the skyline of the greater Cincinnati area and is a dramatic departure from the surrounding waterfront buildings. Its curving crescent form and sloping roof line are designed to maximize views, with each unit having an unobstructed view of the Cincinnati skyline. . . . The building was completed in March 2008.
Not everyone admires The Ascent. confesses a little vertigo upon viewing The Ascent's "swooping form" and "its skin, its solid/void patterning and [its] mirrored glass."

Covington also boasts a rich collection of older structures, such as the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Madison Avenue (left) and the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge (right):

CathedralRoebling Bridge

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