Pedestrian and bicycle bridge, Darmstadt

  • task:
  • pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Darmstadt
  • client:
  • City Darmstadt
  • procedure type:
  • competition for realization 2005, 1st Prize
  • size:
  • 350 m length including ramps
  • status:
  • under development
  • technical planer:
  • Dr. Kreutz und Partner (structural engineer) | club L 94 (landscape planning)
  • visualization:
  • netzwerkarchitekten
  • This new bridge, crosses the most important access to the city of Darmstadt, connecting the new RheinMain Telecommunication Center in the south to the Europa-District and the central station in the north. The distinctive design underlines the development of Darmstadt over the centuries to the science and cultural center it is today.
    The bridge rests on V-shaped double supports, and descends through the trees, winding elegantly over the Rheinstrasse. The loop at each end makes the bridge accessible to bicyclists and disabled persons and a staircase on either side – just before the loop – allows to pedestrians to short-cut on a direct path.
    The outside of the trough is rhythmized by the embracing U-shaped frames and uniformly kept in a discreet grey. The light-shadow effect of the external structural plates changes the view during the course of the day.
    From every perspective, the geometric course of the winding structure also reveals insights into the bright red interior of the trough. This red accompanies the user on his way from the station to the technology centre.