Moses Bridge, West Brabant Water Line, Netherlands

Moses Bridge Netherlands, West Brabant Water Line Holland, Dutch Landscape Design, Architect, Project

Moses Bridge : West Brabant Water Line

Project in Fort de Roovere, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands – design by RO&AD architecten

25 Jan 2012

Moses Bridge

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.

Moses Bridge Moses Bridge Netherlands West Brabant Water Line Holland Moses Bridge Holland
photos : Algemeen Engels

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.

Moses Bridge Holland
picture from RO&AD architecten

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 Moses Bridge Netherlands West Brabant Water Line Holland Moses Bridge Holland
photos : Algemeen Engels

Moses Bridge – Information

Architects: RO&AD architecten, The Netherlands
Contributing architects: Ro Koster, Ad Kil, Martin van Overveld
Structural Engineer: Adviesbureau Lüning
Contractor: AVK-bv
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

Moses Bridge Moses Bridge Netherlands West Brabant Water Line Holland Moses Bridge Holland
photos : Algemeen Engels

Moses Bridge images / information from RO&AD architecten

Fort de Roovere plan with Moses Bridge shown on the right:
Fort de Roovere
picture from RO&AD architecten

RO&AD architecten

Location:Halsteren, Netherlands ‘

Architecture in The Netherlands

Contemporary Dutch Architecture

Netherlands Architecture Designs – chronological list

Dutch Architecture News

Amsterdam Architecture Walking Tours by e-architect

Dutch Architect – design firm listings


Another Dutch slice project on e-architect:

Bunker 599
Designers: Atelier de Lyon | Rietveld Landscape

This project lays bare two secrets of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from 1815 until 1940 protecting the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem by means of intentional flooding.

Bunker 599 Bunker 599 Netherlands Bunker 599 Holland Bunker 599 Building
pictures from the architects

Dutch Landscape Design

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.

Dutch Architects

Dutch Architecture – Selection

Almere Masterplan
Rem Koolhaas
Almere Masterplan
image courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Almere Masterplan

The Oostvaarders building
Drost + van Veen architects
Almere Oostvaarders
photograph © Ben te Raa

The Oostvaarders

The Animal Refuge Centre
arons en gelauff architecten
Animal Refuge Centre Amsterdam
photograph : Luuk Kramer

Animal Refuge Centre

Borneo Sporenburg : Houses
various architects incl. MVRDV
Borneo Amsterdam
picture © Adrian Welch

Borneo Houses

Amphion Theatre
Amphion Theatre Building
photograph © Christian Richters

Amphion Theatre

Dutch Buildings

Comments / photos for this Moses Bridge Architecture page welcome

Moses Bridge Holland – page

Website: Netherlands

Website: Architecture

Website: Visit Netherlands