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The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge: asymmetrical crossing


The design of the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, the newest symbol of the city (2002), was inspired by the asymmetric ricochets of a stone on water.

On the alignment of the Eixo Monumental, towards the city centre, close to the Palace of the Dawn (Alvorada), do not forget to stop in front of the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, which crosses Lake Paranoá. Named after the former president, the father of modern Brazilwho laid the foundation of the new capital, the bridge was inaugurated on December 15, 2002.

You will be impressed by its elegance as much as its size, as it is over 1,200 metres long and 24 metres wide, with a main span of 240 metres repeated three times. It was designed by architect Alexandre Chan, who opted for the asymmetry of the three arches that support the deck shrouds, built under the direction of the engineer Mário Vila Verde.

This work of great architectural prowess, meant to reflect the trajectory of a stone skipping across the lake's surface, is often described as being in line with the ideas expressed in the Brasília of Oscar Niemeyer.

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