KAROWA BRIDGE WARSAW

Pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Vistula
In order to create a new connection between the old town and the right-bank of the Vistula, the City of Warsaw held an international competition for a pedestrian and cycle bridge. The 463-metre-long bridge will create a new connection between Warsaw's city centre and the district of Praga on the right-hand side of the river.
40 entries were submitted, and the design submitted jointly by Schüßler-Plan and DKFS Architects emerged as the winner. The jury praised the modest and unusually elegant design of the bridge, which blends seamlessly into the existing city and landscape. Due to the inclusion and continuation of the existing historic axes, the bridge will be built with inflexion points from which viewing terraces in the form of free-hanging steps will in future steer the view towards the old town.

Design of a harmonious and at the same time unique landmark
The maxim for the design was that the bridge should not only be a piece of infrastructure, but should also be an attractive structure where people want to spend time and therefore become a new site itself. With its viewing platforms, the structure will offer a new view of the skyline of Warsaw and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge’s look stems from the engineering requirements. Engineering logic and force path are a recognisable part of the elegant silhouette, which due to its low height of 8.4 m above deck does not impair the views of the historic castle. Due to the maximum construction height allowed, the bridge has been designed as a rampant arch suspension bridge. The pylon is slanting, which gives the steel bridge an open and modern look.

Future-oriented design for the infrastructure
The new crossing is an important part of the future development of the right-hand side of the Vistula and provides a new quality of infrastructure. The aim of the future-oriented design is to be able to react flexibly to future town-planning developments and at the same time to ensure that the high-quality structure blends in consistently. Interference with the successful architecture of the Vistulan Boulevards is minimised and the existing new infrastructure is integrated optimally. The steps direct to the Boulevards form an intense three-dimensional intersection which leaves the door open for many alternative developments. On the Praga side steps connect the bridge with the existing landscape and footways. The bridgehead, with its terraces, is a place where people will be tempted to spend time and offers a unique view of the west bank.

Client
City of Warsaw

Location
Warsaw

Architects
DKFS Architects, London

Technical data
Material: Corten steel
Length: 463 m

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