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