Honsell Bridge, Frankfurt am Main

  • task:
  • access ramp Honsellstraße and Mainbrücke East in Frankfurt am Main
  • client:
  • City of Frankfurt am Main
  • procedure type:
  • competition for Realization 2006, 2nd Prize
  • size:
  • 189 m range
  • technical planner:
  • Dr. Kreutz und Partner (structural engineer) | R+T (Transport Planning) |
  • visualization:
  • netzwerkarchitekten
  • The design for the new Honsell-Bridge across the Main River is a modern interpretation of the arch bridge that incorporates creative and formal references to the former historic bridge located there. The central part of the deck is supported by the arch via suspension cables or tie bars. The distinctive, sculptural, three-legged arch frame allows an unfettered view of the Frankfurt skyline and the river.

    The northern bridge abutment is designed as a traffic-integrated landmark. The roundabout radius at the northern abutment is slightly increased to ensure smooth traffic flow, and one leg of the arch stands in the center.  On the southern bank, the support-free span splits into two plastically-formed abutments which straddle the road.