Moses Bridge (Mozebrug)
The Moses Bridge in Halsteren, The Netherlands
The 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 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.
HALSTEREN, THE NETHERLANDS
Architects: RO&AD Architecten
Area: 50 m²
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The Moses Bridge in Halsteren, Netherlands. The West Brabant Water Line is an early 17th century Dutch defensive line that was created by linking cities and villages with earthen fortresses and walls. As part of a recent restoration programme, Fort de Roovere, the largest fort on the line required the addition of an access bridge. The fort is surrounded by a moat and was originally built without a bridge so it was a challenge to create one that would be discreet. RO&AD architects’ solution was to build a ‘sunken’ bridge that follows the line of the fort slope and sits almost flush with the soil and the level of the water, making it practically invisible as you approach the fort. Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with EPDM foil. Photos by Dutchifiedblog (1) Huptur (Flickr) (2) Timtom (Flickr) (3-4) 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia (Flickr) (5-6) @engineeringandarchitecture #engineeringandarchitecture #design #architecture #contemporary #bridge #amazing #landscape #architect #washington #georgia #love #life #architektur #architecture #texas #netherlands #architettura #california #civilengineering #structure #usa #travel #construction #newyork #florida #ohio #アーキテクチャ #Ākitekucha #建築 #معماری