Deceptively old New Aare Bridge opens in Switzerland
The completion ends a project begun in 2010 for client, the Aarau district in the Canton of Aargau.
Its design for the latest bridge on a spot that has been a river crossing since Roman times projects simple solidity out of respect for the stone buildings of Aarau’s medieval old town.
But a closer inspection reveals what the architect calls “a rational, modern arch-like reinforced concrete construction”.
Each of the five arches on the 119m-long structure is a different width. Their footings rest on two submerged caissons left from the former concrete bridge built in 1949, which replaced one built in 1848. Christ & Gantenbein notes that all the elements of the monolithic supporting structure – pillar foundations, pillars, arches, flanks, roadway, parapets – participate in load-bearing, leading, says the firm, “to an optimized and thus sustainable structure” that “employs concrete sparingly”. Read More
Architecture: Christ & Gantenbein
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