Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pedestrian Bridge in Covilhã

In Covilhã, a town a little south east of Porto and directly east of Coimbra, a recent and striking addition has been made in the form of a pedestrian and cycling bridge designed by João Luís Carrilho da Graça and completed in 2009. Stretching about 220m over the Ribeira da Carpinteira, the bridge connects the two sides of the town and 'flattens' the experience of movement through the area (living in a hot and hilly city, I can really appreciate that...). Above all, the bridge is a graceful and elegant intervention in the landscape with a strong but not overpowering presence. Scroll down for more images, including one with SNOW! In Portugal!!

(All images by fernando guerra - FG+SG via This Is Paper)