Ventura + Partners was awarded at the Global Future Design Awards 2020. The Andresas Viaduct project won first place in the urban design category, sixteen years after its conclusion. The office places Portugal on a list of winners from more than 20 countries, in which the British Foster + Partners stand out.
Integrated within the Euro 2004 program's scope and access to the Bessa Stadium, the construction of the Andresas Viaduct completed the layout of Avenida do Bessa, designed in the 90s by Manuel Ventura. The viaduct was designed based on the concept of a totalizing metallic structure, capable of containing in a single span the distance between the two sides of the VCI.
To shorten the execution time and cause the least impact on the normal functioning of the VCI, the 900-ton steel structure was assembled piece by piece on the adjacent land on the east side and positioned on-site at night, in just two hours. In this context, this assembly methodology was used for the first time in Portugal through a sliding system using two sets of hydraulic cars. This method was proposed and implemented by GEG, an international consulting and engineering design company based in Porto, responsible for the viaduct's structural calculation. The project has become one of the symbols of the city's growth and a landmark of the continuous improvement of accessibility in a developing urban network.
The Global Future Design Awards competition is organized by the architecture portal Architecture Press Release and aims to recognize ideas that redefine architecture by implementing new technologies, materials, programs, and aesthetics, focusing on themes such as globalization and the digital revolution.