steel for substructure
trapezoidal and triangular insulating glass units
FLOAT, an office building designed by architect Renzo Piano, was built at the southern end of Dusseldorf’s so-called “Medienhafen” (media harbour). This building has now been connected to the “Capricorn” building across the street by a spectacular steel-and-glass pedestrian bridge.
The bridge structure, with a total length of 35m, consists of a closed, tubular grid shell with glazing made of approx. 60 trapezoidal and triangular insulated glass units (up to 8.1 x 3.0m). The kink in the bridge, evident in the horizontal section, ensures an exact connection to both buildings. The loads of the bridge are absorbed solely by means of the steel structure in the glazed middle column. Since the two cantilevered bridge arms to the left and right of the column have different lengths and angles, the structural design is correspondingly complex.
Header image: © HG Esch
The realization of the 35m long Carpicorn Bridge.
|Pirol Holzstraße GmbH & Co. KG
|Gatermann + Schossig Architekten GmbH
|osd – office for structural design; Wilhelm & Partner
|Date of completion
|Scope of work by seele
Pedestrian bridge between two buildings