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Wilkinson Eyre scoops Hamburg bridge contest

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Wilkinson Eyre has won the international competition to design a new 130m-long bridge in Hamburg

Designed with Buro Happold, the 21m-wide Baakenhafen Bridge will connect the northern and southern parts of the Baakenhafen quarter at the eastern end of the city’s famous HafenCity development.

The new bridge, located in a flood-protected area, connects the area and the southern connection to the U4 metro station at HafenCity University and may in the future be extended over the river Elbe to Kleinen Grasbrook.

Construction is expected to start in early 2012.

The competition jury, led by independent architect Peter Ackermann (Munich), chose the scheme for its ‘pragmatic, elegant design’.

First prize

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London; with Happold Engineers, Berlin

Second prize

Prof Bernhard Winking Architects BDA, Hamburg; with Ingenieurbüro Grassl GmbH Consulting Engineers, Hamburg

Third prize

ingenhoven architects GmbH, Düsseldorf; with Arup BV

 

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