Edgar Cardoso Laboratory – S.João Bridge

Edgar Cardoso


Casa da Arquitectura

Open Visits

Regular Visits

Sunday: 14h30, 15h30, 16h30


Saturday: 10h, 11h, 12h (a visita das 12h inclui visita à Ponte S.João)

Paulo Cruz

Maximum 20 people per visit

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

No wheelchair access

Photography allowed

WARNING: For security reasons, the 12am guided tour requires the visitors to wear adequate footwear (such as boots or closed shoes)


With a privileged location near the Douro river, this building, that today houses the Portuguese Canoeing Federation, was built by engineer Edgar Cardoso, to accompany the construction of the São João train bridge, inaugurated in 1991. In the land surrounding the building, there is a piece of the bridge’s portico built to scale (a structural sculpture) and two glass offices suspended in pillars to control and level the construction. A visit to this old lab, with a view also over the D. Maria Pia bridge, will award whoever has no vertigo new expectations around a building looking for a better use.


Rua Manuel Pinho de Lima


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Public Transport

Bus: Espirito Santo 31, 32, 33