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Unusual bridge design with bricks

At the end of 2013, the new de Oversteek city bridge in the Netherlands was officially opened in Nijmegen. This impressive arch bridge reduces the traffic in the inner city. The design by Ney Poulissen architects, using concrete and clay brick gives the bridge its unmistakable character.

In the tendering procedure for the new city bridge, both appearance and maintenance played a central role. Therefore, architect Ney focused his primary attention on the choice of materials. The main arch was built of steel; the ramps are made of connected concrete shells faced with Wienerberger bricks. Usage of brick played a decisive role. Laurent Ney explains: ‘The city wanted an urban bridge although the bridge is not directly situated in the city. Additionally, the length of 1.2 kilometers is unusual for a city bridge. The tendering assumed a life span of at least one century. Brick lasts longer than that without any problems. Furthermore, brick ages in an appealing way and requires little maintenance.”

© Ruud Peijnenburg
© Ruud Peijnenburg

Local brick

A reddish-brown brick was chosen for the arch. ‘In the Wienerberger showroom, one brick immediately caught our eye. When it turned out that this brick is produced only a stone’s throw from the bridge, it was perfectly obvious for us: a local brick that is good-looking and made of river clay is undoubtedly the perfect material’, the architect comments on his choice. A stripe of the bridge deck is paved with a comparable red brick. The colour of the side walls thus merges into the paving.

A local brick that is goodlooking and made of riverclay from the river waal. This is undoubtedly a good decision.

Ney & Partners

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Bridge as inspiration for new open spaces

The construction of ‘De Oversteek’ is part of a large-scale city expansion programme around the river Waal. The river will soon run through the city instead of flowing round it as before and the bridge will then not only serve as a traffic artery. Ney: ‘Our surrounding area is much too restricted to allow remaining spaces to develop. In my opinion, infrastructure projects should therefore always merge with the city. For example, new open spaces were created underneath this bridge, which can soon be used for concerts, exhibitions and other uses. That way, the bridge becomes part of the public space’, Ney explains about the design concept.

  • Project name
    City Bridge, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Architect
    Ney & Partners, Brussels
  • Used products

    Terca Flamenco VB

Façade bricks

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