Viaduto das Andresas was awarded at the Global Future Design Awards 2020, in the Urban Design category, 16 years after its inauguration, within the scope of Euro 2004.
As part of the European football competition and to access Bessa XXI Stadium, the Viaduto das Andresas, designed by the architect Manuel Ventura, won first place in the Urban Design category, at the prestigious international awards.
The architecture project, which has become one of the symbols of the city's growth and a landmark of the continuous improvement of road accesses in a developing urban network, fulfilled another important job, completing the layout of Avenida do Bessa, designed in the 90s by the same architect, Manuel Ventura, who heads the Ventura + Partners firm, based in Porto.
At the time, the infrastructure would also be a pioneer by the new assembly methodology, tested for the first time in Portugal. "In order to shorten the construction time and cause the minimum impact on the normal operation of VCI (ring road), the 900 ton steel structure was assembled piece by piece (...) and positioned on the site at night, in just two hours", the firm said in a statement.
Organised by the architecture website Architecture Press Release, the Global Future Design Awards competition aims to acknowledge ideas that redefine architecture through the implementation of new technologies, materials, programmes and aesthetics, focusing on themes such as globalisation and the digital revolution.