Gallery: Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters ...

Fort de Roovere was surrounded with a shallow moat, too deep to march across yet too shallow for boats. The earthen fort remained protected- until now.
Fort de Roovere was surrounded with a shallow moat, too deep to march across yet too shallow for boats. The earthen fort remained protected- until now.

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain. Fort de Roovere was surrounded with a shallow moat that was too deep to march across, and too shallow for boats. In turn the earthen fort had remained protected –until now.

From afar, the Moses Bridge is invisible to the eye. The flow of the moat appears continuous, as the water level remains at the same level, reflecting the surrounding foliage. As visitors approach the fort, the bridge appears as a break in the water with its sloping walls containing it.

First lying flush with the earth, the bridge then descends deeper into the ground. Lined with wood sheet piling for walls, the deck and stairs sit between. The sides of the bridge are made from Accoya, and a hardwood is used for the bridge decking. Accoya wood undergoes a nontoxic modification process that helps prevent fungal decay and increases its durability, making it an ideal material for a sunken bridge. Like a dam, the walls of the bridge hold the waters of the moat back, and like Moses, the bridge parts the waters so that pedestrians may pass.

The Moses Bridge gives visitors a unique opportunity to pass through parted waters, to eventually meet a historic fortress of defense.

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  1. Sue Talbot April 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I would be impressed, except there is no way a person in a wheelchair can use this bridge. So, in fact, it is an architectural failure.

  2. Neil McGillivray August 25, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for the link – Cees.

  3. Cees Timmerman August 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm
  4. Neil McGillivray August 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

    What happens when it rains? Does it flood? Is there a drainage system?

  5. USArchitect September 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Couldnt build it in the USA. Not ADA compliant. Too bad.

  6. Cocoa2 January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    How does the rain water drain that is inside the bridge?

  7. lasnog January 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    What a sad place the world would have been if if all the great wonders of the world – including the universe itself – had been designed to meet the EU directive on disabled access!

  8. Talent January 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    It fails the EU directive on disabled access!!

  9. JBLA December 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    this was flooded

  10. Qazxsw November 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

    What happens with rainwater? Will it sink?

  11. dwatson8791 November 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Curiosity – How are changes in the water level dealt with?

  12. raman November 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    i an a arch. student.i am like this

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