Germany, Kiel 

Bridge across the River Hörn

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Design Volkwin Marg and Jörg Schlaich
Design team Reiner Schröder, Hito Ueda, Anne-Kathrin Rose, Dirk Vollrath, Christian Kleiner
in co-operation with schlaich bergermann und partner, Jan Knippers
Client Town of Kiel
Construction period 1996–1997
Lenght 116 m, about 25 m of the length as a folding bridge
Width 6 m

 

Photographers:

Klaus Frahm

www.klaus-frahm.de

The former dockyard location on the eastern shore of the Hörn is set immediately opposite the city centre and the main railway station. The area will be regenerated as a "millennium project" and transformed into a new area for housing, offices and commerce. As a part of this new area the quarter "Gaarden" will be connected to the city centre by a new flexible bridge over the Hörn.

The double element bascule or folding bridge is a common technical feature of the ship building industry. This new further development of a three element bridge creates a strong maritime inspired symbol for the citizens. Architecture, engineering and kinetic art enter into a new, evident and simultaneously effective fusion.