Within the scope of maintenance measures, concerning a wide range
of footbridges situated in nature-parks of Rotterdam, the municipality
has decided to replace several of the seriously damaged bridges. The
brief asks for a design approach being nearly invisible - a bridge
blending into its surrounding. Second issue of the brief is to 'redesign'
a standard prefab bridge, a catalogue-bridge having proofed its abilities.
For this reason schiemann weyers collaborated with Haasnoot Bruggen,
one of the most experienced Dutch companies in the field of prefab
The design for the family of plank-bridges comprises two variable
components - the 'platform' and the 'railing". These components
are persistent concerning their formal appearance but the bridges
are able to adapt and react to their specific context. Each bridge
is clearly recognizable as part of a sequence and is at the same time
unique in its finishing.
The railing is assembled of bamboo composite bars, a rather new and
sustainable material, combining the features of wood (natural appearance)
with the characteristics of synthetic materials (low maintenance).