A pair of Portuguese architects have unveiled plans to transform Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge, built in 1877 by Gustave Eiffel, into a monument by moving the disused structure from its present location on the River Douro to the city centre.
Designed by the French engineer of Eiffel Tower fame, the wrought-iron railway bridge has been out of use since 1991. However Pedro Bandeira and Pedro Nuno Ramalho believe it could help the city establish its international identity.
“The relocated Maria Pia Bridge would bring a new monumentality to the city,” reads the architects’ proposal. “The bridge would be a monument of the de-industrialisation, where the materiality of the nineteenth century gives place to the contemporary immateriality.”