If only every footbridge was as creative as the one over Germany’s Rhein-Herne canal. Following the slinky-inspired design of German artist Tobias Rehberger, a colourful ribbon wrapped in a swinging spiral connects the two existing parks either side of the canal.
“Two steel ribbons made of high strength steel connect to the inclined supports across the canal. The resulting tension force is transferred into strong abutments through the outer vertical tension rods. The walkway consists of pre-cast concrete plates, bolted to the stress ribbon, to which the railing and spiral are attached. The springy synthetic pavement of the walkway as well as the colourful rhythmization of the concrete and coating amplifies the dynamic experience of the bridge.”
Location: Oberhausen, Germany
Type of structure: stress ribbon bridge
Scope of work: conceptual design, construction design, lighting design
Contractors: ARGE Stahlbau Raulf; IHT Bochum
Cooperation: Madako, Oberhausen