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Idea by

Nuno Fernandes Silva

Lisbon, 1981

Bridge and Door


towards a phenomenology of architecture

Bridge and Door


towards a phenomenology of architecture
"the people who first built a path between two places performed one of the greatest human achievements"

The buildings are based on Georg Simmel essay, Bridge and Door. Connecting and separating bring us the architectural idea of permanent interchange in between people and space.

"The image of external things possesses for us the ambiguous dimension that in external nature everything can be considered to be connected, but also as separated. The uninterrupted transformations of materials as well as energies bring everything into relationship with everything else and make one cosmos out of all the individual elements.

Only to humanity, in contrast to nature, has the right to connect and separate been granted, and in the distinctive manner that one of these activities is always the presupposition of the other."

Project Location:
Grand Canal, Palace of Versailles
Kensington Gardens, London


Bridge and Door


towards a phenomenology of architecture

Bridge and Door


towards a phenomenology of architecture
"the people who first built a path between two places performed one of the greatest human achievements"

The buildings are based on Georg Simmel essay, Bridge and Door. Connecting and separating bring us the architectural idea of permanent interchange in between people and space.

"The image of external things possesses for us the ambiguous dimension that in external nature everything can be considered to be connected, but also as separated. The uninterrupted transformations of materials as well as energies bring everything into relationship with everything else and make one cosmos out of all the individual elements.

Only to humanity, in contrast to nature, has the right to connect and separate been granted, and in the distinctive manner that one of these activities is always the presupposition of the other."

Project Location:
Grand Canal, Palace of Versailles
Kensington Gardens, London



Idea by

Nuno Fernandes Silva
Lisbon, 1981