The hydraulically powered swing bridge enables pedestrians to cross the Alter Hafen while permitting ships with high superstructures to enter port

From the beginning of the new millennium, the City of Bremerhaven has been developing a new district with a maritime flair: the “Havenwelten”. The glass-covered pedestrian bridge now makes it possible to cross the Alter Hafen centrally, yet still permits the passage of ships with high superstructures. The central bridge section is hydraulically powered and can horizontally turn 90° to create a channel some 13.6 m wide. The bridge structure consists of arch frames and tube profiles with diagonal tensioning to form a stiff tube on a total of five support points.

The bridge structure is subdivided into two fixed footbridge sections and the movable swing bridge. In addition to the swing function, the other key attraction of the 100 m or so long bridge is the striking visuality of the glass tubes, which swell sculpturally to form the larger central section with the swing bridge over the harbour basin. The largest point of the bulge in the bridge tube defines the swivel axis.

ClientBIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitions- förderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH
Architectsnps tchoban voss (architectural consultants)
Project dataLength: 105 m, width: 5 m, Max. span: 22.7 m
LocationBremerhaven
Competition1st Prize, 2003
AwardsECCS – European Steel Bridges Award 2010, Special Award German Bridge Construction Award 2010, nomination
Completion2009

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