The University Town of Tübingen is constructing a diverse range of new cycle bridges to promote alternative forms of mobility. Werner Sobek was responsible for planning one of these bridges in the east of the town. The bridge in question — a steel-concrete composite structure with handrails and steel mesh railings — is built directly over a historically listed weir. Glare-free LED elements integrated into the railings illuminate the bridge with a striking lighting scheme after dark and allow it to be used safely by cyclists at all times of the night and day. The lack of lampposts in the lighting concept keeps the levels of light pollution to a minimum.
The bridge is a large-span, elegantly restrained ribbon of a structure that is sympathetic to and aligned with the existing, historically listed River Neckar weir. It permits users to cross the river in a direct line over the weir’s stilling basin without having to navigate any ramps. This setup allows the unspoilt natural area below the weir — a place of sandbanks, water birds and riverside meadows — to be enjoyed from above while also enabling people to gain interesting insights into the technology of the hydroelectric power plant from the bridge’s other side. Using the existing retaining walls at the sides of the weir as abutments means that only a small additional area of soil had to be sealed.
ArGe Werner Sobek – tragwerkeplus, Reutlingen/Germany
2017 – 2020
Services by Werner Sobek
Bridge deck area
The University Town of Tübingen, Tübingen/Germany
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany