Day 14/365 of Steel – Mimram Footbridge

Today I’m taking you across the river Rhin between the cities of Strasbourg and Kehl on the Mimram Footbridge or Passerelle des Deux Rives built in 2004 and inaugurated on the 23rd of April.

Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl - Aerial View
Fig 1: Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl – Aerial View
Photo: © Drone Images Alsaces

Thanks to the use of steel, Mimram was able to design a slender, elegant bridge that reveals itself in the landscape like a pen stroke.

Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl
Fig 2: Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl
Photo: © Erieta Attali

It is named after Marc Mimram, the great Parisian architect who designed many other bridges in France. The bridge is considered a modern and contemporary work of art. It is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, but also allows access for the disabled (the layout makes the bridge very accessible to them). The cable-stayed bridge is composed of two decks linked at the centre by a platform that offers a unique view of the Rhine.

Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl - Bottom View
Fig 3: Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl – Bottom View

Thus the bridge is doubled and this doubling multiplies the routes, offers a meeting point in a balcony in the heart of the river, and makes it possible to take another direction towards the upper promenade or, on the contrary, to join the bank.
The river and the bridge interact thanks to the apparent lightness of the crossing and the play of curves it offers on the horizon.

Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl - Side View
Fig 4: Passerelle des Deux Rives Kehl – Side View

The footbridge is the central element of the Garden of the Two Banks (in German Garten der zwei Ufer), and is intended to mark the strength of Franco-German friendship.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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