LAVA, Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Latz + Partner won first prize in an international competition for the design of Heidelberg's new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Neckar River.
The project continues LAVA's efforts to make infrastructure of high public value contributing both to liveability and sustainability.
The minimalist restrained design cleverly addresses the integration of the bridge into the cityscape, creates open and green spaces along the bridge, accessible entrances and exits, whilst at the same time fulfilling the goal of a comfortable, fast and safe route.
The elegant bridge design features various recreational areas above the water, and in the surrounding park area along the riverbank. Above the Neckar, the bridge widens with balconies with seats leading directly over the water. The ramp to the bridge, which climbs on a rampart, additionally protects the middle of a square from the street. Pedestrian and cycle paths are consistently intersection-free.
It contributes to the reduction of car traffic and provides pedestrian promenades to increase the quality of living.
Commissioned by the City of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg, an international competition saw 14 groups in the first stage and five groups in the second stage. The jury praised the “grand curved gesture” of the bridge.