Hans van Heeswijk architecten
Bridge Zuid-Willemscanal, Veghel, 2000
A modest principle form, a plate bridge, was chosen in order to preserve the view of the open countryside as much as possible. In combination with the required span, this choice implied using a steel/concrete construction. In cross section the bridge has the shape of a smooth wing, which makes the extremely modest structural height of 1/36th of the span seem even more slender. The eye ‘slides’ over the structure. The smooth, shell-like finish of the supporting structure reinforces this perception. The streamlined, open-work treatment of the intermediate piers helps the bridge harmonize with the landscape.