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.

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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.

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