Designs Revealed for New Carbon Fibre Bridge in Gothenburg
Named after one of the streets it links to, Arkitektbron (The Architect Bridge) would connect the streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, and stand between two existing bridges: the Rosenlund Bridge and the Viktoria Bridge.
Thanks to its carbon fibre construction, Arkitektbron is extremely light and elegant. It is designed to give a visual impression of the bridge hovering over the water. The quay cuts the bridge with the inner circle as a tangent, while white LED lights are integrated into the bridge’s body. In the winter, the bridge will be heated with hot air to make it free from snow and ice.
The bridge’s circular form creates a new urban space both in the park and over the water for people to rest and meet up. Those crossing to the other side have plenty of space, and the glass railing allows even children to see the water. The railing is 1200mm high, the standard height for a pedestrian bridge, which means that cyclists will have to walk their bicycles to the other side.
The height of the bridge itself allows pedestrians walking along the existing promenade to pass under the bridge. Much more than just a crossing, the Architect Bridge also acts as a cultural arena. The park surface inside the bridge opening can be used as an amphitheater, with a floating stage on the water. Here you can watch a theatre play, a music performance, listen to a book reading or have a picnic.
The old part of central Gothenburg is surrounded by Vallgraven, a moat dating from the 17th century. Vallgravsstråket, the street lining the moat, has great potential as one of the most attractive residential areas and pedestrian routes in the east-westerly direction. The City of Gothenburg is actively working to develop it in order to increase accessibility in the central areas of the city, refining its existing qualities and adding new values. Several buildings are being renovated and converted for public uses, while urban spaces are going through a transformation and regeneration. As part of this work, the city’s ambition is to make public spaces more open for pedestrians.