The project is the winner of the international competition for a bridge over the Nahe river in the medieval spa town of Bad Kreuznach. The new structure replaces the concrete bridge that was built following the bombing of the Alte Nahebrücke. The bridge proposal is not only a link, but it is also a revitalizing element for the historical and pedestrian city center.
The Alte Nahebrücke crosses the river Nahe and it consists of a new and an ancient part. Both were originally built in the 14th century with houses on top, but one was blown up by german troops during the withdrawal in 1945. In the 1950s, the town rebuilt the missing part of the bridge in concrete.
The proposal is therefore developed as a comprehensive solution to create life and activity throughout the bridge. The main focus is of course the new bridge, but the team has considered the project as an overall urban mission. The goal is to give Bad Kreuznach an opportunity to rediscover and use the potential of this exceptionally charming part of town.
Attention has been paid to consistency between the new bridge and the old one: the whole area will receive a complete makeover. The new bridge and the ancient structure will both have the same paving, railings and lighting, and both will be expanded in some specific points to allow people to stop and enjoy the surrounding. The idea is to make it attractive to stay on the bridge – not just to pass on it – and the proposal therefore includes places for temporary structures, outdoor seating, a Christmas market and a wine festival.
Developed as part of a small team while working at Dissing+Weitling Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.