The Golda-Meir-Steg is a new pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning the Berlin-Spandauer-Schifffahrtskanal. It creates an East-West link between two divided districts - the new Europacity and the Mitte district  -  the former East and West Berlin territories, formerly separated by the canal and the death strip of the Berlin Wall.

Project Details +

Project Details

LOCATION: Europacity, Berlin

CLIENT: Berliner Senat - Abteilung Tiefbau 

DATE: 2014-2021

STATUS: Completed

SIZE: Length: 77m, Width: 4m, Clear span: 60m, Clear height 4,5m

Credits +

Credits

ACME: Sarah Blahut, Nicholas Channon, Vera Landshuter, Friedrich Ludewig, Martin Menacher, Sarah Norman, Heidrun Schuhmann


CONSULTANTS
Competition:

Structural engineer - AKT II

Quantity surveyor - Höhler+Partner

Lighting design - SEAM Design


Execution:

Executive Architect/ Structural engineer - Schüssler Plan

Construction supervision - BögerJäckle

Lighting - LichtKunstLicht AG

Berlin Europacity is a new mixed-use, sustainable urban quarter in the very heart of Berlin.

Under construction since 2014, and due to complete in 2025, the development area sits north of Berlin Central Station, adjacent to the Charité University Hospital, the German Secret Service and the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, one of the largest and most significant public collections of contemporary art in the world.

The laser-cut perforated steel balustrade patterning algorithmically follows the required structural performance throughout the bridge’s length. The side panels are initially 90% solid at each abutment, to carry high shear stresses; towards the centre the panels opening up with greater perforation where the structural forces have moved into the deck and handrails. At each abutment, the superstructure lands on elastomeric bearings and terminates on vertical ‘pendulum’ rods, which allows the bridge to dynamically lengthen under pedestrian loading and thermal expansion. Three tuned-mass dampers, within the central span’s apex, absorb any vibration and maintain the slender bridge’s stillness and stability.

The laser-cut pattern is generated using a historic circular railing pattern. By scaling and overlapping the circles, a course of different densities is created, which with its degree of perforation trace the course of the stress in the construction. This visualizes the static forces of the structure, and celebrates the crossing of the canal for locals who find themselves in the middle of the bridge in an increasingly delicate and open relationship to the landscape and water. From a distance, the superimposition of the fine pattern creates a moiré effect.

Linear low energy LED lighting is integrated in the handrail, transforming the bridge into an orange glowing beacon after dark.

The bridge was fabricated as a single entity in a Bavarian steel factory by the Danube. The seven segments, each weighing 30t, were assembled in the Deggendorf harbour, in southern Germany into one continuous 77m long deck. The completed structure was painted with seven layers of anti-corrosion paint and a final layer of anti-graffiti coating, before the 200t structure was loaded onto a canal barge. The barge travelled 1600km to Berlin via canals and 64 locks over 12 days in late 2020. Upon arrival in Berlin, an 800t crawler crane hoisted the bridge from the barge, rotated it 90 degrees, and precisely placed it on the abutments.

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