Bridges, Pedestrian Bridges, Road Bridges

Footbridge Josenbrücke

© schlaich bergermann partner / Michael Zimmermann

Within the scheme for the Regional Garden Show 2014 the new Josen Bridge replaces two existing bridges between the train station and the historic part of the city. This new link for local busses, cyclists and pedestrians spans at a slanting angle across the stream Josefsbach. Supported by an arc shaped of slender steel plates the reinforced concrete slab of the superstructure joins the abutment walls in a monolithic form. To the west the arc rests on the pile cap. Then it spans across and merges with the superstructure just before this reaches the embankment to the east. This way the structure complies with the specified headroom. At the same time it emphasises the dynamics and slenderness of the structure and makes it an attractive sight that can be viewed from different perspectives. The innovative LED lighting integrated in the handrail guarantees a safe crossing at night time. Without structural bearings the design allows for a modest, sturdy structure at low maintenance costs.

Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
schlaich bergermann partner
Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd 2014 GmbH
Project Responsibility
Andreas Keil


Technical Data

Total length
28 m
23.50 m
Slab thickness
50 cm
Construction width
7.70 m
Width between handrails
6.84 m
Arch width
3.00 m
Deck area
190 m²




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