Great Weser Bridge, Bremen

  • task:
  • New construction of a foot and cycle path bridge over the Weser as a connection between the districts of Mitte and Neustadt
  • client:
  • Freie und Hansestadt Bremen
  • procedure type:
  • realization competition 2022, recognition
  • cooperation:
  • netzwerkarchitekten and Schüßler-Plan and planungsgruppe grün
  • size:
  • ca. 203 m (length)
  • technical planners:
  • Schüßler-Plan (Tragwerk) | planungsgruppe grün (Landschaftsplanung) |
  • team:
  • Rosanna Just
  • visualizations:
  • luxfeld digital art, Darmstadt
  • The new bridge structure of the “Große Weserbrücke” will, together with the “Kleine Weserbrücke”, connect the city districts of Mitte and Neustadt. The new bridge is to be integrated as a matter of course into the inner-city ring along the course of the former defence installations. The entire route is characterised by a series of gentle curves and will be continued in a double curve for the new construction of the “Große Weserbrücke”.
    The shape and spatial design of the new bridge take up the motif of “swinging” and organic lines. An elegant central arch spans the great Weser. The bridge deck connects the two banks and is suspended from the arch by cables. The double swing results in different cable inclinations that transfer the organic course to the vertical.
    The result is a striking landmark both in the view along the great Weser and for the perspective of the bridge users.

    The division into cycle path and footpath in combination with the double curve and counter-rotating gradient results in two crescent-shaped staircase areas, which invite people to linger by means of wooden seating elements. The eastern steps offer a view of the old town, the hustle and bustle on the promenade with the floating pontoons of the jetties and the evening sun. On the western seating steps, you can enjoy the morning sun and look out towards Stadtwerder and the Weser Stadium.
    For users, the “leap” from the green Stadtwerder to the urban city centre can be impressively experienced. From the waterfront areas, too, the double curve and the associated interesting lower view of the bridge deck will become a design-defining element. The end of the arch is sculpturally supported at the bearing point in a spatial triangular structure with two additional inclined supports.
    The bridge piers visible here in the embankment areas are designed like large pebbles that appear more clearly or less inconspicuously depending on the water level.