Day 291/365 of Steel – Alberto Palacio

Alberto de Palacio y Elissague (b. 24/01/1856- d. 11/05/1939) was a Spanish engineer and architect. He studied architecture in Barcelona and completed his education in Paris, studying mathematics, engineering, astronomy and medicine. He was also a student & disciple of Gustave Eiffel.

Palacio de Cristal ("Crystal Palace") in the Retiro Park in Madrid (Spain), after a snowfall.
Fig 1: Palacio de Cristal (“Crystal Palace“) in the Retiro Park in Madrid (Spain), after a snowfall.
Photo: Pentarux

Between 1890 and 1893, he worked, together with his brother Silvestre de Palacio, on his most important project, the transporter bridge (“Puente Colgante”) on the Nervion river, between Portugalete and Getxo, for which he gained international recognition. It was the first bridge of this kind ever built.

Puente de Vizcaya Zubia -  The first transporter bridge to be built in the world and is one of the very few still working.
Fig 2: Puente de Vizcaya Zubia – The first transporter bridge to be built in the world and is one of the very few still working.
Photo: Fred Romero 

All his work is characterized for the search of the functionality and the innovation, where iron and glass play a noticeable role.

Retiro - Palacio de Cristal
Fig 3: Retiro – Palacio de Cristal
Photo: Rafesmar

In Madrid he participated in the construction of the Palace of Velázquez in the Retiro Park, together with architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, and in the construction of the Crystal Palace (inspired by the London one) in the same park. Finally he designed and built the new Madrid Atocha railway station, in collaboration with the engineer Saint-James. 

A trainera under the transporter Bizkaia Bridge
Fig 4: A trainera under the transporter Bizkaia Bridge
Photo: Javier Mediavilla Ezquibela / Wikimedia / Creative Commons

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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