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Svitava Bridge, Brno, Czech Republic

In April 2022 WMA won an open international competition for a new bridge over the Svitava river in Brno, Czech Republic. The site is in a post-industrial area north of the city centre, which is soon to be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood.

Designed in partnership with engineering consultancy Buro Happold, the bridge has an efficient structure. It consists of two integral side spans connected in the middle by a central span supported on shelves cantilevering from the side spans. This system enables the bearings and movement joints to be positioned above the 100-year flood line, minimising damage or premature deterioration. The main longitudinal steel girders consist of welded trapezoidal sections of variable height supported by double V-shaped piers made of reinforced concrete. The use of trapezoidal hollow boxes increases the stiffness of the cross section of the bridge. A white painted steel soffit accentuates the sleek design.

The bridge will continue a newly planned street on the north bank, connecting it to the south bank, where a former industrial estate will be regenerated into a new cultural hub. The 85 metre-long sinuous steel bridge with steel deck is cost-effective and materially efficient, and therefore also sustainable. Its low-lying form will sit unobtrusively within the re-landscaped riverbank. The bridge has been carefully orientated on the north bank to run alongside the chimney tower of Briess Malthouse, which will be saved as an emblem of the area’s industrial heritage.


Project Details

Client
City of Brno
Location
Brno, Czech Republic
Status
Planning
Team
William Matthews, David Walker, Petr Suma
Engineering consultant
Buro Happold
Landscape designer
Šmídová Landscape Architects
Traffic engineer
ZenklCB
Visuals
© Monolot,
© 2DR Studio
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