The winner of an international design competition, the Kienlesbergbruecke provides the German city of Ulm with an important connection in the new ‘Line 2’ tram route and offers an attractive and enjoyable crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ulm is famous for having the tallest church tower in Europe – the 530 foot-tall Minster, completed in 1890 – and the architectural design of the bridge provides a sociable destination as well as a link, an elevated public lookout from which to admire the new view of the city.
The 270m-long crossing stands alongside the historic steel Neutor Bridge (1907), and the new bridge makes contemporary reference to its neighbour in the arched form of the trussed beams between the pedestrian and tram decks.
The railway lands site, with limited access for construction, multiple railway lines and overhead power lines, inspired a design suited to prefabricated steel which could be delivered by road or rail, before being assembled within the site boundary and launched into position. The bridge was opened in 2018.