Competition Bridges Wilhelmsburg - IBA Area
The idea of the plan is based on reducing the distraction from the characteristic, natural embankment borders to a minimum. However, the bridges must also remain a part of the landscape, brimming with character and
self-confidence. The idea is to see the bridge itself simply in terms of its use: as a path.
All bridges consist of the same three basic elements: bridge deck area, thrust block, rail. These elements shape the design and also allow for an individual solution in each case; yet emphasized through a shared rail design on all the bridges.
It is proposed that the bridge deck area is have a sharp-edged profile composed of croncrete. The thrust
blocks should be designed discretely and in such a way so that they don´t compete with the bridge deck area, leaving the embankment border untouched and allowing for the suggestion that the landscape is „flowing“
beneath the bridges. The rail is formed from a steel base, carrying hairpin shaped poles. On both ends of the bridges, embankment areas of low elevation, the rail is faded out. The rail also differs in colours: the base is a darker grey; the poles have a brighter silver on the outside and a bright yellow on the inside. It is recommended that the rail is lit at regular intervals via LED-lamps mounted on the bridge deck area, and pointing upwards so that the yellow inner surface glows at night.