The town of Bedburg is located in the Rhineland west of Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia and belongs to the Rhine-Erft district. With about 25,000 inhabitants, it is a medium-sized town belonging to the district.
Bedburg's castle park is located in the middle of the town center and directly adjoins the main shopping area. In order to clearly emphasize the relationship to the Erft River in Bedburg's inner city, to make the proximity to the water tangible and to create new connections, new bridges are to be built at the rear of the old town hall and at the southern end of the castle parking lot in the south.
Two bridges of similar design are to create new pathways in an east-west direction and in a north-south direction, respectively, and contribute to opening up the castle park in the direction of Bedburg's city center.
Design and spatial qualities
The two new bridges were designed as a 'bridge family' in terms of form and typology, creating new high-quality and prestigious connections that integrate into the castle park in a discreet but image-building way, creating new expressive places. Due to their special design simplicity and choice of materials, the use of the bridges is a special experience for the users and offers a high quality of stay.
The choice of materials supports the identity formation of the place by reflecting the local brick colors. The particular pattern of the railing of the two bridges has an image-building function.
Due to the transparency of the railing in vertical view, the experience of the Erft ion the two bridges is directly perceptible.