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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tension Band Bridge in Tirschenreuth, Germany by ANNABAU

September 21st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ANNABAU


The design for the tension band bridge was developed in cooperation of ANNABAU (architects) and Schüßler-Plan (structural engineers) in the context of a competition for the „Landesgartenschau Tirschenreuth 2013“ (Garden Festival Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany) and was selected for implementation.

Image Courtesy © Joosten

  • Architects: ANNABAU
  • Project: Tension Band Bridge
  • Location: Tirschenreuth, Germany
  • Photography: Joosten
  • Length: 85m
  • Competition winning entry: 2009
  • Completion: May 2013
  • Planning stages: LP 2-8
  • Client: Stadt Tirschenreuth
  • Construction costs: 780.000€

Image Courtesy © ANNABAU

The sculptural bridge for pedestrians and cyclists has a total length of 85m and leads over the city pond.

Urban situation

The new bridge connects the centre of the old town of Tirschenreuth via the „Schels Areal“ with the former island monastry Fischhofinsel“, the new quarter “Lohnsitz“ and the adjacent area for leisure and sports.

Image Courtesy © ANNABAU


The wooden body of the bridge is closely connected to the historical meaning of wood in the city of Tirschenreuth, which can also be seen in the cities name. The choice of material refers directly to the vernacular  architecture, where untreated wood is often found in constructions.

The supporting structure of the tensioned steel bands requires a minimal substructure, thus the sculptural wooden body of the bridge comes to focus.

Comments from the jury:

The proposed bridge shows very high quality of design. Appearance, materials and detail design will be handled competently and engagingly in an exciting dialogue with the stone bridge at Fischhof. Also sensitive and of great value is the proposal to the overflow weir with a wooden water pipe organ. … The bridge displays visual simplicity, and simplicity of design alongside a technical specialty that will make it an attraction in itself

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