The pedestrian and cycling bridge VLM, with its main material being wood, located in the longest Avenue in Vilamoura, was distinguished as one of the ten best in the world by the Italian magazine “Domus”: considered as a reference in the fields of architecture and design.
The bridge, launched in 2009 and extending over 160 meters in the Vilamoura XXI Avenue, has also an artistic component; two dynamic images were created on one of the sides of the wooden 25 metres tall wall, that is only visible as a whole “in motion”.
“What began as a very simple project, became eventually a work of art,” quotes the architect Francisco Salgado Re, one of the authors of the project, stressing that the sequence of images, consisting of 180 hand painted boards, works like “movie frames”
The two dynamic images created by the artist Domingos Loureiro are different; depending on the direction from where they are observed and visible from a 45-degree perspective – he added – explaining that they are not visible if viewed from the front, only with the movement of cars.
With this project, designed by the studio And-Ré, based in Porto, the team also wanted to, in terms of visual and audible noise, direct the pedestrians’ attention to the lake and adjacent golf course and not the parallel road.
“We tried to create a point of interest from an extensive and somewhat monotonous route, giving a way to enjoy the scenery and sun setting and transforming it into a stopping and “viewing” spot, he noted.
Not only the bridge but also the “design” of some street furniture and the shared used bicycles within Vilamoura were And-Dre studio’s work.