A cycling journey through Lisbon’s riverfront, from “Terreiro do Paço”, where many illustrious aristocrats did disembark in order to enter the city, to “Torre de Belem”, a defensive tower controlling river traffic in the Discoveries time. A relaxed tour, washed by the river, reflecting the exercise of architecture and its intimacy with the surrounding areas.
«On clear days, the liquid surface gains crystal purity, changing the entire gamut of blues, from the swallow wing hue and periwinkle up to the most ethereal azure, graced with the milky ways and tenuous bands of pearls, and arrives at certain hours of ecstasy, clearly reflecting the awe of the scenic cliffs of the Other Band, the feluccas red sails and the cloud undulate, projecting the sky dome with a limitless expanse, in depths of the abyss and vertigo.»
Jaime Cortesão, Portugal – A Terra e o Homem, Lisbon, 1966
Aires Mateus, Bruno Soares Arquitectos, Carrilho da Graça, Charles Correa, Frederico Valsassina, Global, Manuel Salgado, Nuno Teotónio Pereira, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, PROAP, Risco, Vittorio Gregotti.
Photography copyright - João Morgado, Architecture Photography