Location: GERMANY
Date: 2009
Client: LANDESZENTRALE MOBILIT√ĄT RHEINLAND-PFALZ
Status: INVITED COMPETITION
Size: BRIDGE LENGTH 380M
Credits: ACME Team (Julia Cano, Stefano Dal Piva, Sebastian Drewes, Deena Fakhro, Michael Haller, Friedrich Ludewig, Monica Preziuso)
Consultants:BURO HAPPOLD, VOGT
Designing a bridge in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley - a UNESCO World Heritage Area - is a unique opportunity to investigate how to use infrastructure to improve the surrounding natural landscape. The design reduces the visual impact of the structure by omitting any pilons or cables above deck and therefore not having a over-technical, engineered appearance. The bridge is designed as a slim steel ribbon of varying thickness between 2.0 m - 3.0 m and only increases in height when the bridge touches the ground. The openness of the landscape is maintained and the bridge integrates into the hierarchy of the valley. The surrounding of the bridge is interpreted in continuity with the existing characteristics of the valley. To emphasize the differences of both banks two distinct landscape typologies are introduced. The south bank is designed as a flat, terraced surface using slightly kinked slate walls and linear tree rows. The north bank is quite different: taking the existing open space as a basis, a landscape park is created. With its organic forms and continuous green areas a high-value, attractive local recreation area is created. The bridge and the new landscape parks become integral, sculptural elements of the Upper Middle Rhine World Heritage Area unifying structural, cultural, economical and ecological demands in an exemplary way.