Bridge Lüdenscheid

Architect
DKFS Architects, London/Great Britain

Planning time
2013 − 2014

Construction time
2015 − 2016

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural planning
(WP 2 − 8 in accordance with HOAI)
Project planning
(WP 2 − 9 in accordance with HOAI)

Client
Lüdenscheid City Council, Lüdenscheid/Germany

Span
52 m

Photographer
Florian Kauffeld, Stuttgart/Germany

This new pedestrian bridge crosses the tracks at the central railway station in Lüdenscheid. It represents the central nexus of the “Denkfabrik”, a consortium of educational institutions in Lüdenscheid that includes the Phänomenta science centre, parts of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, and such infrastructure facilities as the central bus station and the railway station. The bridge consists of two steel arches that are tilted towards one another at a slight angle. These arches are made of hollow structural profiles that have hexagonal cross-sections. This shape gives the arches a dual-faceted lateral appearance that makes a significant contribution to the elegant overall visual impact of the bridge. The bridge deck is formed from a steel beam grid that runs at a slight incline and is covered with a thin deck plate. Each section of the grid is attached to the bridge’s steel arches using pivot pins.