New connection for Barmbek – the Maurienbrücke bridge over the Osterbekkanal canal has been inaugurated

The new, slim and elegant Maurienbrücke bridge for pedestrians and cyclists replaces a precursor crossing the Osterbekkanal canal that was destroyed in World War II – in the selfsame place. The bridge is an important building block in the urban development program and connects the Barmbek-Süd district to the center of the neighborhood around Bert-Kaempfert-Platz and the subway and LRT station Barmbek. The structure designed by WTM Engineers with Blunck+Morgen Architekten won a competition held in 2018 by the Hamburg State Office for Roads, Bridges and Waterways (LSBG) and was now inaugurated at the end of November. The design reflects the tradition and industrial character of the neighborhood. From the sturdy abutment on the south bank, a slender, tapering steel superstructure reaches over to the bank wall on Osterbekweg with its historical appearance. The static trick: The deep-grounded abutment is conceived as a framing corner and helps to keep the load on the northern bank wall as low as possible. In the area of the abutment, a green space by the water is being developed in dialogue with local residents. In the bridge’s direct vicinity is the Museum of Work as well as the exhibited cutting wheel of the tunnel boring machine TRUDE, which was used to construct the fourth tube of the Elbe Tunnel.

The bridge shape tapering over the Osterbekkanal is clearly visible from the shore.

The new pedestrian and cycle bridge was inaugurated on November 18, 2022.

BIM model with abutment on the south side.

Visualization of the green space around the abutment of the new Maurienbrücke.

Bird’s eye view BIM model of the Maurienbrücke.

Visualization of the illuminated Maurienbrücke from the perspective of the canoeists.

The steel superstructure being lifted into place from the street.

The bridge being lifted into place across the Osterbekkanal.