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Reutlinger Band

Completion
2019
Team
Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers with Nick van Harmelen en Anna Motyka (NEXT architects); Jeanette Vissen and Hannah Hubert (Bureau B+B); Frank Miebach, Dominik Niewerth and Lukas Osterhoff (Miebach)
Client
City of Reutlingen
Type
pedestrian and bicycle bridge
Location
Reutlingen / DE
Collaborator
Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture / Ingenieurbüro Miebach
Size
span: 160m
Material
Wood

The new, wooden pedestrian and bicycle bridge is a destination and a viewing point that intensifies and activates the public space. The bridge is located in Reutlingen, in the south of Germany, on a prominent location on the edge of the historic city centre, in the immediate vicinity of the new Stadthalle, the Tübinger Tor and the new building of the GWG - Wohnungsgesellschaft Reutlingen.

The spiral shape of the bridge creates an exciting route. Cycling or walking along the meandering path, the user experiences this special location from different perspectives. The path’s wider area serves as an urban balcony with a view on the square in front of the Stadthalle, towards Tübingen Gate and the Echaz river. With its playful shape, the bridge is carefully integrated in the public space while retaining its own presence.

The use of wood makes the bridge elegant, it acquires its own tactility and a warm appearance. The material makes it a highly sustainable and contemporary construction that strengthens the user’s experience. The simple (functional) lighting emphasizes the design and materialization of the bridge, while the slender handrail provides the finishing touch. The play of light upon the gold metallic coating makes the appearance change during the day and the seasons.

A contemporary icon, the bridge stands harmoniously in-between the characteristic buildings on the edge of Reutlingen’s historic city centre.