Moses Bridge Netherlands, West Brabant Water Line Holland, Dutch Landscape Design, Architect, Project
Moses Bridge, The Netherlands : West Brabant Water Line
Moses Bridge project, Fort de Roovere, Bergen op Zoom – design by RO&AD architecten
25 Jan 2012
Design: RO&AD architecten
The West Brabant Water Line is a defence-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 defence works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on. That’s why we 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.
Moses Bridge – Information
Architects: RO&AD architecten, The Netherlands
Contributing architects: Ro Koster, Ad Kil, Martin van Overveld
Structural Engineer: Adviesbureau Lüning
Client: Municipality of Bergen op Zoom
Location: Halsteren, Municipality of Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
Used Materials: Accoya Wood, Angelim Vermelho
Total area: 50m2
Total Building costs: 250.000,- euro
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A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open. The design thereby opens up the minuscule interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, the insides of which are normally cut off from view completely. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction. It leads visitors to a flooded area and to the footpaths of the adjacent natural reserve.
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