This project consists of two pedestrian bridges crossing the river the Zenne and the Zennegat, the last part of the canal linking the cities of Mechelen and Leuven. The former is a fixed bridge, while the latter can be opened, since boat traffic has to pass.
Due to its constant high water level, the water in the canal looks like a mirror. The horizontal bridge, its visual impact on the surrounding nature reserve being kept limited, has a supporting structure in blackened steel in order to emphasize its floating appearance. The parapet is made up out of whitened wooden bars, reflecting on the black surface of the water.When opened, the turning part detaches itself from the river bank without touching the water surfaces, looking almost like one of the many houseboat moored along the canal.
The fixed bridge, resting on numerous slender pillars, makes a gentle curve, thus facilitating the crossing and the connection with the two trails running along the river banks. A wide wooden parapet provides a safe feeling in relation to the depth of the water surface at low tide. In the curve, lookout points for the passers-by are incorporated.
CREDITS: Program: Two bridges for bicycles, not selected Location: Zennegat, Mechelen, BE Timeline: 2006 Project Team: Marie-José Van Hee (architect), Dietlinde Verhaeghe, Wim Voorspoels, Maarten Vanbelle, Sam De Vocht Bureau Bouwtechniek: Jan Moens, Leslie Burm, Nadja Van Houtven Structural Engineer: BAS, Dirk Jaspaert