Simple Architecture Gesture, Huge Urban Impact

architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça
project Pedestrian bridge over the Carpinteira River, Covilhã, Portugal
written by Carlos Miguel Guimarães


At first glance it really surprised me... But not the aesthetical aspect of it, rather the powerful idea and concept behind the urban scenario. The Pedestrian Bridge over the Carpinteira river in Covilhã, Portugal, is one of those particular interventions with a very clear vocation of (re)shaping a specific territory and (re)adjusting in time its general image. Without being a mega-structure itself, it clearly acts as part of one in the sense that it represents an effective physical addition – like an arm of a body, like a leg of Archigram's walking city – to the existing urban panorama.