Footbridge Award, Category Technique 2008
Eccs Award, German Steel Award 2008
Hayden Medal, USA 2008
Structure Award for Pedestrian Bridges 2008
Renault Traffic Future Award
At the intersection of Hauptstrasse in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and Rue de France in Hunningue, the Three-Country Footbridge stands purposefully off-axis, preserving an unbroken visual corridor between the two countries. It represents a tangible connection, further enhanced by the meticulously planned design of the bridge, which presents its own unique engineering complexities.
Constructed from dual hexagonal tubular steel arches, the bridge’s primary structure is complemented by an additional singular arch to the south. The angle of the single arch creates an expansive visual field. Attention to design details, such as the supports near the riverbanks, the gradually ascending ramps, and the steel-net banisters suspended by cables, ensures an unobstructed view of the river, allowing the bridge to seamlessly blend with its natural surroundings. As described, “A structurally clear and powerful symbol, this bridge becomes a unifying gesture.”
The main 248-meter bridge section was pre-assembled at a nearby preconstruction site, then transported on pontoons and floated to its final location. This process had to be completed within a strict timeframe, as the shipping route only allowed for a closure of up to 24 hours.
Initiated by a competition in July 2001 by the City of Weil on the Rhine and the Community of the Three Borders, the objective was to construct a pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning the River Rhine. The bridge not only enhances regional infrastructure but also fosters cross-community relationships.
Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Engineers: Lap Berlin, Stuttgart