It is a rare thing for a settlement in the Netherlands to be called after the bridge that connects both of its shores. Nevertheless, the village of Eekwerderdraai in Groningen is such a place. The name of the settlement is derived from the Dutch word ‘draai’, meaning to rotate, or in this case, rotating bridge.
The charming old rotating bridge across the Damsterdiep was at the end if its life. The new bridge had to be broader, accommodate a lager navigation channel and heavier agricultural traffic. It goes without saying that the new bridge we designed was equally a rotating bridge, thus doing justice to the settlements name.
Royal Haskoning DHV did a feasibility study, a traffic study and designed the new bridge. The load bearing triangles and cable stays on top of the rotation pylon are reminiscent of the old bridge and its colour palette, though in a contemporary way.
|Client||Municipality of Loppersum||Period||2010 - 2013|
|Location||Loppersum, the Netherlands||Services||Architecture, Structural Design, Road design, Project Management|
|Scope||Swing bridge spanning 28 metres, shipping channel 7 metres, width 4 metres||Team||Joris Smits, Richard van den Brule, Mario Mies|
Lead architect & bridge designer