• Footbridge Bleichwiese Backnang
    © sbp/Michael Zimmermann

Footbridge Bleichwiese Backnang

Backnang, Germany, 2013

An old wooden walkway was replaced by this compound single span steel girder to connect the historic centre with the redesigned Bleichwiesenplatz. The original scheme, comprising an orthotropic paving slab that is suspended between two box sections, has been refined; reflecting the approach of visualising the force flow within the structure. Hence, the box sections feature a recess in the centre of the bridge, where it is joined by cables that serve as banister. Consequently, the sturdy crossing appears light and graceful at its highest point. Towards the abutment the box sections have been reduced to the minimum height. At this point too, the bridge’s dynamic linearity is accentuated by the filigree cable banister. In combination with the light toned surfacing the LED strip on pavement height creates an atmospheric view at night. The structures economic efficiency and sustainability derive from shop floor manufacturing of the box sections, the use of recyclable material and low maintenance costs.

  • Location

    Backnang, Germany

  • Architect

    schlaich bergermann partner

  • Awards

    Footbridge Awards 2014 (category short span, highly recommended)

  • Client

    Stadtbauamt Backnang

  • Contractor

    Müller Offenburg GmbH; Stahlbau / steel: Fa. Lang, Eimeldingen

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision, lighting design

  • Length 27 m (88 ft)
  • Width of walkway 2.50 m (8 ft)
  • Structural height 1.50 m (4 ft)
  • Footbridge Bleichwiese Backnang © sbp/Michael Zimmermann
  • Footbridge Bleichwiese Backnang © sbp/Michael Zimmermann

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