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Bridge, Footbridge

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Infrastructure

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Halsteren
Netherlands

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Municipality of Bergen op Zoom

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50m²

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Article last edited by archibald on
November 29th, 2011

Moses Bridge Change this

Halsteren, Netherlands
by RO&AD Architecten Change this
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The Moses Bridge designed by RO&AD Architecten from The Netherlands. West Brabant Water Line is a defense-line consisting of a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the south-west of the Netherlands. It dates from the 17th century but fell into disrepair in the 19th century.

When the water line was finally restored, an access bridge across the the moat of one of the fortresses, Fort de Roovere, was needed. This fort now has a new, recreational function and lies on several routes for cycling and hiking.

It is, of course, highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defense works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on. That’s why RO&AD designed an invisible bridge. Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with EPDM foil. The bridge lies like a trench in the fortress and the moat, shaped to blend in with the outlines of the landscape.

The bridge can’t be seen from a distance because the ground and the water come all the way up to its edge. When you get closer, the fortress opens up to you through a narrow trench. You can then walk up to its gates like Moses on the water.

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Posted by Guest | 13.03.2012 | 16:13pm
Voted as Building of the Year 2011 by Archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/building-of-the-year/2011/
Congratulations! Inventive design

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