Fehmarn Belt Link

Fehmarn Belt Link - Main span

 

The Fehmarn Belt Link is a project for connecting the island of Lolland to the island of Fehmarn and consequently Denmark to Germany over 18km of sea.

The closed competition asked two distinct and large joint venture groups to elaborate an underground solution, a tunnel and an aboveground solution, a bridge. I worked as part of the team designing the colossal viaduct. Among other things, I specifically modelled the bridge towers and developed the solutions for the abutments and the maintenance gantry.

The project comprises an 18km road and railway bridge and features a 3-tower cable-stayed main span. The design is characterized by a holistic design approach and the desire for continuity of aesthetic expression between all elements of the link. The goal was to create a link that not only complies with all the essential aspects of a gigantic infrastructure, but also to present itself as one harmonious whole, consistent in design from one end to the other.

The “S-shaped” horizontal alignment is considered to be the ideal alignment for the link, both in terms of bridge aesthetics and the enjoyment of the bridge by rail passengers, drivers and viewers all around.

The approach spans constitute the major part of the bridge and their design consequently governs the design of the entire link. The two level concept with the roadway on the upper level and the railroad on the lower is an optimal solution in all respects and has inherent aesthetic qualities.

The design of the main bridge provides the link with a unique, iconic identity. The height and majesty of the soaring pylons make them most spectacular elements of the bridge, and provide the span with its signature quality. Their sculptural V-shape is unique and instantly recognazible, contributing to an exciting experience for those crossing the bridge or viewing the link from land or sea.

Furthermore the surface faceting of the pylon legs enhance the delicate quality and elegance of the pylons while reinforcing an aesthetic connection with the faceted piers.

Developed as part of a large team while working at Dissing+Weitling Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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