Pedestrian Bridge

Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

2015

Shortlisted

The city of Königgrätz, which lies between the Elbe and Adler rivers, provides a collage-like mixture of historical buildings from various periods of history. Erecting a new structure against this background calls for a high degree of sensitivity, respect and discipline.

The design solution incorporates a truss with an understressed structure, derived from a Polonceau girder, with the upper beam forming the deck which is divided into two articulated sections. A tensioned cable in the form of a five-sided polygon creates the bottom chord of the truss. The transfer of loads is aided by the incorporation of three compressively stressed elements between the deck structure and the tensioned chord.