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Wooden Diekloper bridge

Michel Schreinemachers, Marijn Schenk, Bart Reuser, Jouke Sieswerda, Ilse Hartman, Veronica Tirelli
Municipality Delfzijl
Pedestrian and bicycle bridge
Ingenieurbüro Miebach, InVra plus
65 metres
Wood, Steel
Building engineer
Ingenieurbüro Miebach
Schaffitzel Holzindustrie

The new wooden Diekloper bridge in Delfzijl provides a natural connection between the city and the sea. In a large-scale project by the municipality of Delftzijl, NEXT architects designed a 65-meter-long bicycle and pedestrian bridge. The bridge guarantees a safe crossing from the boulevard to the beach so that residents can experience the connection with the Wadden Sea again. The use of sustainable wood is an example of NEXT’s ambition and innovative character, integrating sustainability and circularity into architecture.

In the second half of the last century, this connection was lost due to the large-scale industrialization of the city. The wooden Diekloper is the final piece in the Marconi Buitendijks project, that aims to reconnect the city center with the Wadden Sea. The new bridge stimulates the development of the harbor city of Delftzijl and forms an important gateway to the Wadden World Heritage Site.

To accentuate the route to the sea, the part of the bridge above the road and track is shielded from the traffic below by two high wooden beams. The shape of the structure then follows the slope of the dike, providing an open view of the beach and the Eems Canal. The bridge thus connects the user both physically and mentally with its environment.

The direct access to the nature reserve strengthens the relationship between user and nature. Because the construction of the bridge is partly visible, the road to the sea offers a unique contrast between open and closed. Also in the choice of materials, a connection with nature and the environment was made; the sustainable use of wood in infrastructure provides additional value to sustainability and circularity in architecture.

The wooden Diekloper was designed in collaboration with Miebach Ingenieurbüro, commissioned by the municipality of Delftzijl.