Erik Andersson Architects and ELU has been commissioned by the City of Gothenburg to design a proposal for a new pedestrian bridge, located in the historically important Haga area in Gothenburg, Sweden. Named after one of the streets it links to, Arkitektbron (The Architect Bridge) would connect the streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, and stand between two existing bridges: the Rosenlund Bridge and the Viktoria Bridge. Thanks to its carbon fibre construction, Arkitektbron is extremely light and elegant. It is designed to give a visual impression of the bridge hovering over the water. The quay cuts the bridge with the inner circle as a tangent. The white LED lights are integrated into the bridge body. In the winter, Arkitektbron will be heated with hot air to make it snow -free.
The Swedish National Road Administration commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to be in charge of bridge design for the project. Esthetically, the 20 different concrete bridges were based on a theoretical system that allows the number of surfaces to be greatly reduced, while the forms change continuously depending on each bridge’s span and width. The sections flow from completely triangulated structures through curved to straight shapes in an ever-changing, yet harmonious progression, turning the bridges into members of the same conceptual family, perfectly adapted to each specific location. Safety was a key concern for the new road, which is also reflected in the bridge design with emphasis on clear views through streamlined shapes. In addition to motorists and pedestrians, even horses, elks and frogs travel safely over and on the new road – moving along their own specially designed bridges. Keeping them away from the cars on the motorway.
One of the first bridges in the world to be constructed entirely from stainless steel, Bridge Apatê overlooks the refurbished area of Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. The winning entry of an invited international competition, the bridge went on to not only receive a financial grant from the City of Stockholm due to its exemplary sustainability characteristics, but also to win the Swedish Steel Design Prize 2003 as the most innovative steel construction in Sweden. The bridge’s highly asymmetric section draws attention to its pioneering structural profile: a horisontal expression that mirrors that of the Bridge Sundsvall project. Collaboration with Jelena Mijanovic, Magnus Ståhl, Tyréns, Scandiaconsult, and Stålmonteringar AB Stålab.