This week, a beautifully modern and lightweight bicycle bridge was opened to the public in Maassluis, The Netherlands. The 90-meter long descending route located along the old Maasdike is designed as a sophisticated and subtle swinging path through the untouched landscape. The new bridge connects the city center of Maassluis with the newly built Lely campus, several suburban areas, and the surrounding countryside. The project was commissioned by the Lely Group and was designed as an integral and multidisciplinary collaborative process.
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The composite bridge is maintenance-free and will be guaranteed for 50 years. Because of the use of lightweight materials, the foundation of the bridge is lighter and thus gave forth to a cost reduction. The thoughtful design also meant that the 100-year old willow trees, the existing landscape structures, and the water damming bodies of the dikes could go on unharmed.
plein06 Urban Design and Landscape Architects, Lely Group, Gebiedsmanagers, Waterpas, the council of Maassluis, Water Authority Delfland, and Fibercore Europe were the brains behind the sustainable design.