DANS Architects has created a gorgeous arched bridge out of timber planks and shingles in Slovenia. The foot and bicycle path crosses over the Sava River, allowing local residents access to the picturesque lakes and mountains on the other side.
Although the design in deceptively simple at first glance, the 54-meter-long bridge is actually more than just a piece of pretty architecture. The timber structure is part of a new bicycle and foot path that starts in the nearby village of Bohinjska and continues to beautiful Bohinj Lake. The gentle slope of the bridge was intended to make the ride comfortable for bicyclists.
According to Vlatka Ljubanovic, one of the five directors of DANS Architects, accommodating Sava River’s ever-changing water levels was also a primary factor in the strategic bridge design, “Sava is a river with a fluctuating rate of water flow, so the span and the geometry of the bridge had to accommodate its flow at the times of increased river discharge.”
As far as materials go, Ljubanovic also explained that using locally-sourced timber was a logical choice for the bridge and that the stacking of wood siding and shingles was intended to pay homage to traditional architectural practices of the region.
Photography by Miran Kambič