This weekend, we were in Gothenburg to participate in the celebration of the official groundbreaking for the Hising Bridge (Hisingsbron). The City of Gothenburg were the hosts of a beautiful day of events, marking that the construction of the remarkable bridge has now begun. When it is completed in 2021, there is no doubt that the Hising Bridge will be a beautiful landmark for Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city.
Spanning over the central part of Scandinavia's most significant commercial harbor, the Hising Bridge will replace the existing Göta River Bridge (Götaälvbron), dating from 1939. The new bridge is approximately 350 meters long and has a spectacular midsection, which can be raised 28 meters above the water, carried by four distinctive towers. Skanska and MT Højgaard are the contractors responsible of carrying out the remarkable construction, having won the tender in a joint venture last summer.
The Hising Bridge will become a bridge in central Gothenburg, a street within the city that will lead across the Göta River (Göta Älv) and bind the river shores together for cars, busses, trams, pedestrians and bicycles. There will be a nice public boardwalk on the riverbank, creating an attractive new urban space for the citizens and visitors of the appealing city. The bridge will contribute to enhance the development of the central city on both banks of the river and help create a strong region.
“The Hising Bridge is not only a bridge. It is a link between people and city districts. It is one piece of the puzzle in the overall plan for the city's development: a portal for shipping and a landmark for Gothenburg.”
In 2013, DISSING+WEITLING won the prestigious invited competition for the design of the bridge, beating a strong field of competitors, including Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and Wilkinson Eyre. We designed the winning proposal in collaboration with engineering firms ELU of Sweden and Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner of Germany. The lighting design for the bridge is by Ljuskontoret (now ÅF Lighting).