Ribeira da Carpinteira Pedestrian Bridge

Sleek pedestrian bridge in Coviha Portugal by JLCG Arquitectos, contemporary architecture, bridge designSleek pedestrian bridge in Coviha Portugal by JLCG Arquitectos, contemporary architecture, bridge designSleek pedestrian bridge in Coviha Portugal by JLCG Arquitectos, contemporary architecture, bridge designClick to enlarge

How sleek is this bridge?! I love it. Designed by Lisbon-based João Luís Carrilho da Graça (JLCG Arquitectos), this pedestrian bridge spans 220 meters over a valley and the Carpinteira brook/stream.

From the architect:
The sinuous and segmented design of the bridge winds above the valley, along a distance of about 220 m. the central takes a path perpendicular to the line of the valley. the other two sections are inflected and oriented towards their anchoring points. the connection between the two points is no longer the shortest distance between them. the tense geometry of its layout interferes with visual orientation and with the perception of dominating heights of “serra da estrela”, on one side, and with the vastness of cova da beira on the other.

Spectacular, though I don’t understand the choice of spiraling cylindrical columns… kind of takes away from the sleekness.

Definitely not for the vertigo-inflicted.

via architizer

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