Bad Kreuznach Bridge
Dissing+Weitling won the competition in the german medieval spa
town of Bad Kreuznach for a bridge over the Nahe river. The new
structure will replace the concrete bridge that was built following
the bombing of the Alte Nahebrücke. The bridge proposal is not only
a link, but it is also a revitalizing element for the historical
and pedestrian city center.
The Alte Nahebrücke crosses the river Nahe and it consists of a new and an ancient part. Both were originally built in the 14th century with houses on top, but one was blown up by german troops during the withdrawal in 1945.
In the 1950s, the town built the missing part of the bridge - this time in concrete. This structure is now crumbling down and needs to be replaced.
When the architects of Dissing+Weitling visited Bad Kreuznach researching for the project, they were surprised at how the two bridges were almost deserted, in contrast to the rest of the pedestrian area. The proposal is therefore developed as a comprehensive solution to create life and activity throughout the bridge. The main focus is of course the new bridge, but the team has considered the project as an overall urban mission. The goal is to give Bad Kreuznach an opportunity to rediscover and use the potential of this exceptionally charming part of town.
Dissing+Weitling proposal has been drafted as a comprehensive solution for the area. Attention has been paid to consistency between the new bridge and the old one, so the whole area will receive a complete makeover. The new bridge and the ancient structure will both have the same paving, railings and lighting, and both will be expanded in some specific points to allow people to stop and enjoy the area. The idea is to make it attractive to stay on the bridge - not just to pass on it - and the proposal therefore includes places for temporary structures, outdoor seating, a Christmas market and a wine festival.
Bad Kreuznach Alte Nahebrücke
Completion expected 2012
50m mixed traffic bridge standing on one middle pier
Structure completely in concrete
Terrazzo-Gussasphalt (lakolith) paving
Wooden railings with built-in light fixture
Client: Municipality of Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz (DE)
Architect: D+W architecture
Engineer: B|P|R - Bauen Planen Realisieren, Dr. Schäpertöns+Partner, München (DE)