Fix and Mobile Footbridges Zennegat

Willebroek, Belgium
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Photo © Karin Pfeifer
Photo © Karin Pfeifer
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Photo © Barbara Feichtinger-Felber
Architects
Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Address
Rupeldijk, 2801 Willebroek, Belgium
Year
2012
Client
Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV
Engineers
Technum

The project's focus lies on the integration of the two footbridges – one fix and the other one flexible – into the sites exceptional landscape. The structural fineness and elegance characterize the bridges, which are open for pedestrians and cyclists. A transparent appearance is achieved by a cautious selection of materials and elements, to insure a soft embedding into the river bed, respectively the canal. All structural elements are under the deck. The handrails on each bridge are fabricated in the same way, creating even more continuity between the two crossings.

The structures of the two bridges are made out of painted steel, while the oak deck consists of panels of 100mm x 50mm thickness. The handrail is made out of wood, fixed on a plate painted double column and completed with a net in inox.

The structure of the fix bridge is built up of two inclined arches, what underlines the bridgeover and the dynamic character.

For the flexible bridge, the relationship with the sluice is very important. The impact of the new footbridge during the closed configuration is minimal – the perfectly horizontal and smooth deck is linked to the edge level of the canal.

Competition 2007
Start of Planning 2008
Start of Construction 10 | 2010

Construction
3.50 | 66.75m Mobile
3.50 | 33.00m Fix

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