Akkerwinde Bridge

We came across this interesting article at Contemporist.com

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On Saturday November 29th, the successful transportation and installation of the world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood took place. The bridge, located in Sneek in the Netherlands, is the first wooden bridge in the world that can support the heaviest load class of 60 tons. An official opening ceremony and celebration is planned for April 15, 2009.

Spanning 105 feet and rising more than 50 feet in the air, the structure will serve as a grand entrance to the city of Sneek. The €3.5 million bridge was commissioned after a 2005 design competition, and is designed by OAK Architects (a collaboration between Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix architects) and constructed by German firm Schaffitzel Holzindustrie.

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4 responses to “Akkerwinde Bridge

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I am so tired of steel, glass and concrete. There’s so much warmth in natural materials; we need to see more of them on exteriors.

  2. an abso lute waste and un nessecerry cutting down of tree’s even they are
    grown on tree plantation trees get rid of airborne carbon

  3. It’s only if the trees are kept, either alive, or in joinery, that they trap CO2. This bridge will lock away plenty of CO2 and pay for plenty more trees to do the same.
    It’s a beautiful sight!

  4. I agree with Matthew, John doesn’t appear to know too much about sutainability. By using wood for this structure you are avoiding the use of(much) metal or concrete. Have a look into the sutainability issues around producing those materials. It is better to grow trees and harvest selectively rather than clear felling. Thus the forest will keep sequestering co2. A natural forest unharvested will fill up and eventually stop taking carbon from the atmosphere. Thus it can be better to grow and harvest and replant. Also, any form of wood preservation that avoids the use of harmful chemicals is the right way to go. Look into ‘Accoya’ (which this bridge is made from) and see that it has ‘cradle to cradle’ certification.

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