The designer's idea was to resume in a modern structure the one that once was used to unload goods from the docks to the ship and viceversa. The architect Renzo Piano, who designed it, thought the “Bigo” like an elevator: infact, from the point of view of the plant the structure is an elevator, operated by a system capable of lifting up to 40 feet tall cabin of 22 square meters, with a capacity of 65 people at a speed of 0.63 m / s and turning on itself, to allow all passengers to admire the view over the harbor. Built by Kone, Bigo does not have the traditional counterweight, as provided for electric lifts, but a referral system of ropes around the pulley, supported by the spars. Spars are those structures that give the Bigo its unmistakable shape.
TÜV Italia worked on the Bigo in 2006, with a total overhaul to adapt to new regulations introduced since its inauguration in 1992, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The system must be considered completely an elevator, so it returned to the provisions of Directive 95/16/EC which also provides periodical inspection to control the efficiency of the safety components of the structure, especially the parachute. In the verification of the September 23rd, TÜV Italia experts verified the safety of the structure during a simulation of evacuation, which saw the intervention of the fire brigade. The verification was successful, relieving the thousands of people who do not want to miss the excitement of a top view of the Old Port of Genoa.
Click here to see the beautiful inspection pictures published by the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”.