Vasco da Gama Bridge

Ever since I moved to Lisbon I’ve been fascinated by the Vasco da Gama Bridge. I have lost track of how many pictures I have taken of it: from every angle, in every light, in the morning, in the afternoon… The bridge is 17.2 km long and was built as an alternative route to the 25 de Abril Bridge, frequently congested with traffic jams especially during the rush-hour periods and on sunny weekends.

Ever since I moved to Lisbon I’ve been fascinated by the Vasco da Gama Bridge. I have lost track of how many pictures I have taken of it: from every angle, in every light, in the morning, in the afternoon… The bridge is 17.2 km long and was built as an alternative route to the 25 de Abril Bridge, frequently congested with traffic jams especially during the rush-hour periods and on sunny weekends.

The construction of the new bridge took only three years and followed a very tight schedule to ensure that it would be ready for the Expo 98. At its peak over 3.000 employees were working on it. The designers were French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and Portuguese engineer Armando Rito and the name given was meant to celebrate the 5th centenary of the arrival of Vasco da Gama to India.

Among other international recognitions, the project was awarded the Iberian-American Architecture and Civil Engineering Institution prize in 2000.

For someone like me, who doesn’t know much about architecture or engineering, it is absolutely fascinating how these 730.000m3 of concrete and 100.000 tons of steel are able to hold up.

http://www.lusoponte.pt/pvg.htm

written by reyes on 2008-04-27 #places #art #culture #location #architecture

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