• Josenbrücke
    © schlaich bergermann partner / Michael Zimmermann


Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, 2013

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.

  • Location

    Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

  • Architect

    schlaich bergermann partner

  • Client

    Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd 2014 GmbH

  • Contractor

    Andreas Stark GmbH & Co. KG, Aalen; Stahlbau Pichler, Bozen, Italien

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, fabrication and construction supervision

  • Total length 28 m
  • Slab thickness 50 cm
  • Width between handrails 6.84 m
  • Deck area 190 m²
  • Span 23.50 m
  • Construction width 7.70 m
  • Arch width 3.00 m
  • Josenbrücke © schlaich bergermann partner / Michael Zimmermann
  • Josenbrücke © schlaich bergermann partner / Michael Zimmermann

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