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As ferries from Nice, Toulon, Marseille, Genoa and Livorno approach Bastia, on the northeast coast of Corsica, their view is dominated by the town’s imposing citadel. Weather-beaten walls of iron-rich rock frame the historic fortress in a rusty shade of red. From a distance, the new Aldilonda promenade all but disappears into this surrounding landscape. Facing the sea, the slender Corten rail that lines its edge echoes the tone of the castle’s walls. But even as it sensitively melds with its context, the subtle and sinuous path transforms it.

The concrete seaside path also ushers visitors to the picturesque lighthouse that fronts the Bastia citadel.

With Aldilonda (“above the sea” in Corsican), Dietmar Feichtinger...

In Corsica, a Sinuous Promenade is Engineered to Withstand the Waves

With Aldilonda, Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes has created a bold and contextual new passage that allows visitors to take in the Mediterranean.

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