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Médium: papier de conférence
Langue(s): anglais
Conférence: Footbridge 2017 Berlin - Tell A Story, 6-8.9.2017, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
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Année: 2017
DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2017.09652

The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the railway line Sittard-Geleen intends to simplify and increase contacts between the city, business park Fortuna and sports area Limburg. The bridge not only lies firmly embedded in the green roadside scenery along both railroad tracks, but it also stands out in aesthetics; it has an elegant shape and subtle details. The chosen form of the hourglass, for instance, wordlessly invites passers-by to come closer and cross the bridge.

The bridge offers a natural and smooth connection to the bike paths from four directions. By basing the design on a reduction of the height of the overhead wire, the maximum difference in height on accessible surfaces, could be reduced to just over three meters. Thus, and because the bridge widens from 4,5 meters in its mid to over 12 meters at the bases, the slopes are gradual and comfortable.

The skin of the bridge is part of the load-bearing structure, and the curved shape of the middle part enhances the fluent character of the bridge. The parapet is a seamless extension of the bridge surface. All safety and guidance features as well as the linear LED lamps that light up the bridge deck are integrated into it. The skin of the parapet is perforated as much as possible to achieve transparency.


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