• Footbridge across Hessenring
    © HG Esch

Footbridge Alfred-Herrhausen

Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany, 2002

The urban pedestrian bridge is very filigree. A slender slab is suspended by 16 hangers. The hangers transfer the load to a tree-like mast. The entrance to the underground garage at the city hall is monolithically connected to the bridge. In addition to a flight of stairs there is also an elevator at the train station to conquer the difference in height. The outstanding attribute of this bridge is the load-transferring mast composed of individual blocks of natural stone. One central block forms the bifurcation from the trunk to the four limbs. All blocks are aligned at a central steel rod and fastened. This mast is not only a loadbearing element of the bridge, but a delicate, three-dimensional sculpture as well, emphasizing the axis between train station and down-town – also at night: The mast is illuminated, the ends of the bridge are bathed in soft backlight and the slab is brightened by lights integrated into the handrail.

  • Location

    Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany

  • Architect

    schlaich bergermann partner

  • Cooperation

    LGA Würzburg, Gutachten NatursteinKraner, Leinfelden Echterdingen, Elektroplanung

  • Client

    Stadt Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe

  • Contractor

    Bilfinger+Berger, Frankfurt; Hofmann Natursteinwerke, Werbach-Gamburg; Arnold AG, Friedrichsdorf

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision

  • Length 76 m
  • Bridge width 6,90 m
  • Material of mast Nero Assoluto, a type of Gabbro, volcanic origin, Zimbabwe
  • Span 46 m
  • Height of mast 15 m
  • Footbridge across Hessenring © HG Esch
  • Footbridge across Hessenring © HG Esch
  • Footbridge across Hessenring © HG Esch

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