Award Winning Design by RO&AD of the Netherlands
Commissioned by the Municipality of Bergen in the Netherlands the ‘Moses Bridge’ is quickly becoming a modern landmark. This remarkable and innovative contemporary construction is the award winning project of RO&AD Architecten, winner of the prestigious archdaily ‘Building of the Year’ in 2011
The ‘Moses Bridge’ is an innovative contemporary construction located in Halsteren an area of considerable historic importance. Dating from the 17th century, the West Brabant Water Line was a defense line comprised of a series of fortresses and cities protected by manmade water defenses. This important barrier became neglected and finally fell into disrepair during the 19th century. It has now been restored and the water levels are raised again. The whole region has become a recreational facility with many visitors enjoying the network of cycling and hiking routes.
‘Moses Bridge’ is an Innovative Contemporary Construction
When the moat had been fully restored access via a bridge was needed to one of the most important fortresses, the historic ‘Fort de Roovere’. This monument has become an important recreational facility lying close to a number of cycling trails and footpaths
The architects decided to do the impossible and design an invisible bridge. As a moat is a defensive watercourse it would never have had a bridge to provide access across, so RO&AD’s innovative contemporary construction was conceived to fit in with this idea. The elegant structure is made entirely from Accoya wood which is protected from the water by an EPDM foil. The design of the bridge is simple but unexpected as it is actually largely submerged below the water, seeming to cut a grove through the moat and then appears as a continuous trench through the earth banks either side of the water course.
Innovative Contemporary Construction
The ‘Moses Bridge’ does seem invisible from a distance, as the ground and the water reach right up to its edge. This is why this innovative contemporary construction got its name as people crossing the bridge appear to be walking on water through miraculously parted waves.
Modern design Bridge
Architects: RO&AD Architecten