Getwingbrücke Zermatt – a differently designed single-span girder

The Getwingbrücke is located near the famous Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland, on the narrow-gauge railway line between Zermatt and Gornergrat, which is Europe’s highest railway station. Under difficult conditions, the planning team composed of schlaich bergermann partner, Schneller Ritz and Partner, and Mooser Lauber Stucky Architects designed the new bridge, ready for construction, as a replacement for the existing 114-year-old truss bridge and coordinated its construction on site. The efficient load-bearing structure of the trussed girders arranged below the track had to be significantly reduced in height in order to comply with the new structural clearance of the of the crossing road bridge. Because of the sensible urban situation, the client organized a competition with five preselected teams. According to the jury of the competition, our design was judged as the best one, as it represents a strong design impression in combination with the bridge’s very good integration into the structural environment and an unobstructed view of the Matterhorn.

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