An urban beacon
An urban garden has been created on the shores of the river Dommel, next to the Van Abbe Museum. A slender footbridge forges both halves into one whole garden.
The bridge describes an elegant arch, both in the plan and in the elevation, making it reach out for the opposite shore. The structural load bearing element and the deck have merged into one sculptural and minimalist shape.
The stiffness of this element is derived from the wing-like structure on the inner curve of the deck. This wing compensates the eccentric shape of the deck and helps to transmit the torque forces that want to tip over the bridge into the foundation.
The parapet on the outer curve of the bridge has been kept abstract and minimalist. A fluent line of glass panels follows the shape of the deck. At the base detail of this parapet a line of light illuminates the deck and the foil in a gentile way. The light is composed out of computer driven RGB coloured LED’s that vary in intensity. This way the colour of the bridge goes through the whole light spectrum in a period of 10 minutes. The Dutch city of light is illuminated once more.
|Client||Municipality of Eindhoven||Period||2005-2007|
|Location||Eindhoven, The Netherlands||Services||Architecture, Landscape Design, Project Management|
|Scope||Free span 40 meters||Team||Joris Smits, Alessandro De Santis|