Pedro e Ines

Pedro e Ines

Balmond Studio

Pedro e Ines

Balmond Studio as 2006

The Pedro e Inês footbridge in Coimbra, Portugal, gives the illusion of stopping mid-air in a thrilling architectural gesture that at first glance appears impossible.

Like a lightning strike, the bridge is an expression of direct energy. A ‘cut’ traverses the bridge deck at its midpoint, generating a space at the centre of the bridge of architectural and structural tension. As a result, the bridge is transformed from a connection between two points into a destination itself. Shifting horizons and the rhythm of the colours of the balustrade oscillate through one’s senses. What usually serves as merely a conduit becomes a territory for narrative, like the bittersweet legend of Portuguese king-to-be Pedro and his beloved lady-in-waiting Inês, from whom the bridge takes its name.

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