Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

by , 07/29/14

Studio RO&AD, floating wooden bridge, Menno van Coehoorn, 18th-century fortress, Bergen op Zoom,

The Dutch-Belgian practice’s wonderful floating bridge provides pedestrian access and an emergency exit from the Ravelijn op den Zoom fortress. Located on a small island and surrounded by a deep-water moat, the centenary building is currently used for hosting private events. Built by military engineer Menno van Coehoorn, the fortress was, at one stage, only accessible by boat.

Related: Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

That same boats’ path is what inspired the curvy bridge’s shape. Measuring 262-feet, it was built from a high-performance wood product called Accoya, resistant to fungi and swelling-shrinkage effect. This is extremely important as the bridge is only kept afloat by air-filled polyethylene pipes underneath and no other structural framework at all.

+ Studio RO&AD

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Photos by Studio RO&AD

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Talbot April 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Another bridge that isn’t wheelchair accessible. What’s up with Dutch/Belgian designers? Shame.

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