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1/09/2012

Destinations: The Moses Bridge, Netherlands

Moses Bridge walk through water Netherlands

Getting from one side to the other, typically, (in the landscape) involves a bridge (or a tunnel) but this hybrid is an exciting mix of the two.

The Moses ‘Bridge’  is located in Halsteren, Municipality of Bergen op Zoom
, The Netherlands.  In order to not disrupt the views to historic Fort de Roovere,  RO&AD Architects of the Netherlands and Belgium created this this pedestrian bridge as a way to cross the historic defenses.

Moses Bridge Netherlands

It is built with Accsys Technology whereby Accoya wood undergoes a nontoxic proprietary modification process called acetylation that renders it an unrecognizable wood source which prevents fungal decay from the exposure of water and moisture and increases its structural stability.

I am fascinated by this and want nothing more than to experience a walk across this path. But I am also intrigued by the technology and wonder if perhaps this can evolve as a common alternative to bridges?   It is beautiful in design and if there is not a need to allows vessels to pass beneath (and I wonder if the water and aquatic life passes below?), can it be considered in other applications?

images from yatzer.

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  1. plantingoaks

    January 9th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Fascinating!
    I, too, am curious about the engineering details like what’s underneath it, and how it deals with rising or falling water levels.

    I am picturing a variation with the water flowing over the edges like waterfalls in a fountain, but I suppose that would require a working pump to keep the bridge open. Not nearly as practical.

  2. Sarah Colburn-Rosenfield

    January 9th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That bridge is amazing!

  3. Sarah Colburn-Rosenfield

    January 9th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That bridge is amazing!

  4. Robin Malloy

    January 9th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    How cool is that?!!

  5. David Feix

    January 9th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Judging from how this looks in the photo, this is not a canal that has to deal with a current and variable water levels. It simply wouldn’t work as an approach to crossing a river or flowing canal with this type of bridge,(think of trapped branches in a creek and how they can cause obstruction of flow and localized flooding). The bridge level appears fixed without any mechanism to raise or lower from the photo, and even if there was great depth of water below the bridge, it would still obstruct flow under high rainfall conditions. I suspect this is simply a moat…

  6. kate-lynne

    June 12th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    what type of bridge is it, beam or suspension?

  7. rochelle

    June 12th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    not sure — think it is actually a couple of ground level walls that hold back the water.

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