Pedestrian and CycleBridge
Client Stadt KEMPTEN
Typology Pedestrain and Cycle bridge
Length 66 m, Width 7 m
Architect + Engineer Sterling Presser
Engineer Buro Happold
Pedestrian and Cycle bridge
The new Illersteg pedestrian and bicycle bridge not only serves as a vital transportation link between the eastern districts and city center but also plays a significant role in urban development. Its elegant curved arch form blends harmoniously into the town and river landscape, making a high-quality design contribution to the town's appearance. Furthermore, the bridge creates new connections and enhances the quality of the surrounding areas, giving rise to a new city identifier.
Designed with resource efficiency in mind, the bridge minimizes the amount of material used while achieving a span of 66 meters over the entire floodplain. The bridge's single span construction avoids constraints during construction in the water area and potential flood risks. Additionally, the bridge promotes green mobility and provides a place for people to pause, contemplate and interact with the landscape.
The bridge's superstructure is accessible from both sides and is barrier-free, providing a comfortable crossing and a pleasant quality of stay on the bridge. Wooden seating invites users to pause and take in the views, while efficient lighting integrated into the handrails illuminates the bridge discreetly. To prevent vandalism, an anti-vandalism system consisting of elongated triangular steel profiles integrated into the upper surface of the steel structure is installed at the top of the arch to discourage people from sitting or climbing on the support structure.
Overall, the new Illersteg bridge sets a new benchmark in sustainable and elegant bridge design, offering both functional and aesthetic benefits to the town and its residents.