Design Meinhard von Gerkan, Jürgen Hillmer and Jörg Schlaich
Structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Project team, gmp Hans-Joachim Glahn, Prisca Bucher, Konstantin Dumas, Michael Scholz, Claudia Gern, Stefan Bachmann, Antje Lucks, Tomomi Arai, Carsten Borucki, Peter Krüger, Andreas Ebner
Project team Glass Roof, gmp Prisca Bucher, Monica Sallowsky, Hubertus Pieper, Arturo Buchholz-Berger, Lothar Scharpe, Maike Carlsen, Gisela Koch, Sebastian Geiger, Amra Sternberg, Peter Krüger, Andreas Ebner
Client Deutsche Bahn AG, DB Projekt GmbH - Knoten Berlin
Construction period Bridge 1996–2002
Construction period incl. Platforms und Glass Roof until 2002
In the vicinity of the new central station in Berlin, four long-distance tracks and two rapid-transit (S-Bahn) tracks needed to be carried for a kilometre on a viaduct at a height of about 10m.
As the viaduct is an exposed position in the centre of Berlin, what was wanted was a viaduct of minimum height that blocked the view as little as possible. This was achieved with close support spacing of up to 25m, which permitted a superstructure height of 1.70m. The slender steel supports are attached firmly to the superstructure, and with their deformability permit a bearingless design. In the Humboldthafen area, the bridge is carried on tubular steel arches with spans of up to 60m constructed of seamless, thick-walled tubes.
The special feature of the ca. 250m-long bridge are the trumpet-shaped widenings from east to west and the cross-sections of the loadbearing structures consist of three-centred arched cantilevers.