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

Moses Bridge : West Brabant Water Line, NL

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

post updated 25 Oct 2020 ; 25 Jan 2012

Moses Bridge

Design: RO&AD architecten

Moses Bridge West Brabant Water Line
photograph : Algemeen Engels

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.

Moses Bridge West Brabant Water Line
photo : Algemeen Engels

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 West Brabant Water Line
photo : 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 West Brabant Water Line
photo : Algemeen Engels

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.

Moses Bridge Holland
picture from RO&AD architecten

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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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

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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
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