New footbridges by Sterling Presser join Bedburg’s historic and pure panorama

Bedburg Fortress Park Footbridges in Germany, Sterling Presser wins first prize within the design competitors of the double pedestrian and bicycle owner footbridges inside the historic and pure panorama of Bedburg metropolis.

Bedburg is in North Rhine-Rhineland, Westphalia’s west of Cologne, and is a part of the Rhine-Erft district. It’s a medium-sized city within the district with a inhabitants of round 25,000 individuals. Bedburg’s citadel park is situated within the coronary heart of city, instantly throughout from the primary purchasing space. Sterling Presser designed the 2 new bridges that shall be constructed on the rear of the previous metropolis corridor and on the southern finish of the citadel car parking zone with the intention to clearly emphasize the connection to the Erft River in Bedburg’s metropolis middle, to make the proximity to the water tangible, and to create new connections.

Two footbridges, of comparable design, will create new pathways in an east-west course and in a north-south course, respectively, in addition to contribute to the opening of the citadel park within the course of Bedburg’s metropolis middle.

The historic city corridor and the citadel park are linked by the primary bridge. The listed construction is linked to the market sq. and the previous church and serves as a landmark for the previous city. The brand new bridge will enhance metropolis middle connectivity and create a round route. It additionally permits for direct entry to the water.

The second bridge is an city and panorama hyperlink to the “Schlosspark”. It opens up a direct connection to the whole park with the automobile park and the city space on the south facet, which is presently lacking. The nook and entrance scenario turns into a strategic place for pedestrians and cyclists – a spot of promenade and contemplation and a hyperlink for inexperienced mobility.

In line with Sterling Presser, speaking over these footbridges ought to convey the sweetness and tranquility of shifting overflowing water, ideally nearly unaware that you’re now not on the bottom, however have the sensation of “flying” over the water. As a way to obtain these heavenly emotions, the bridges should very modestly intrude with the present stunning panorama, and the sounds of toes and wheels as they make contact with the pavement ought to proceed within the sounds you hear and the colours you’re feeling as you progress alongside the park avenues.

The brown corten metal of the supporting parapets is the brown tree trunk and the sunshine grey anti-slippery pavement is the continuation of the park paths. The fabric idea of the bridges is to create a pure magnificence by making use of sturdy and weather-resistant supplies. Over time the rust layer transforms right into a dense patina layer that seals and protects the metal floor towards additional corrosion. The colour adjustments from a recent, newly developed orange-brown to a lighter and regularly darker brown, working with pure magnificence.

When it comes to type and typology, the 2 new bridges had been designed as a ‘bridge household,’ creating new high-quality and prestigious connections that combine into the citadel park in a discreet however iconic means, creating new expressive locations. The usage of the bridges is a singular expertise for customers and offers a top quality of keep resulting from their distinctive design simplicity and materials choice. By reflecting the native brick colours, the supplies chosen contribute to the formation of the place’s identification. Utilizing a parametric definition, the precise sample of the railing on the 2 bridges creates identification and aesthetic differentiation. Due to the railing’s transparency, the Erft from the 2 bridges is instantly perceptible.

The bridges’ structural idea consists of merely supported constructions which are easy to construct and set up into the panorama on-site. They’re constructed as a closed, merely supported part with two lateral field girders that adjust in depth with a most depth at mid-span. The design is each aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective. Nonetheless, the minimalist method employs noble and long-lasting supplies that present a tactile expertise within the pure panorama. The thick wooden handrail offers high quality and a pure really feel.

The lighting idea of the brand new footbridges is designed to make sure each consumer security and a way of lightness and a delicate presence on website that “resonates” with the historic buildings.

Built-in, environmentally and insect-friendly, low upkeep, and economical LEDs within the handrails create an oblique, glare-free, delicate carpet of sunshine alongside the trail. A presence detector on the pedestrian bridge permits the lighting to be deactivated when it isn’t being utilized by anybody.

Undertaking Data

Structure: STERLING PRESSER Architects + Engineers Half G mbB, Berlin

Structural engineering: ADAO DA FONSECA, Portugal

Renderings: RAWLIGHT