architecture : urban : visual culture

The New Danube Bridge designed by CÉH

The goal was to create a scheme for a visually stunning bridge using the most stable and economically viable structural solutions. The architects came up with a single pylon cable-stayed bridge that can be a symbol of creating a gate connecting the new district to the city of Budapest.

The New Danube Bridge will link the District XI of Budapest, with the northern, developing parts of Csepel Island. The goal was to create a scheme for a visually stunning bridge using the most stable and economically viable structural solutions. Opting for the longitudinally symmetrical composition, the team came up with a single pylon cable-stayed bridge proposal. Using a single pylon support creates a spectacular tall woven structure visible from a long distance, a more dramatic and eloquent design than a two-point suspension would have been.





The northern part of the Csepel Island is currently one of the most important development areas of Budapest. Therefore, this is the side closer to which the pylon is situated. The pylon has an additional symbolic meaning creating a gate connecting the new district to the city of Budapest and following the appearance of Danube split around the Csepel island. The steel structure of the pylon is 117 m high. The cables are installed in a two-plane fan system.
Span distribution of the river bridge: 95 + 230 + 140 = 465 m.





Custom designed safety barriers have incorporated lighting and give the bridge ride a pleasant rhythm. The 36 meters wide bridge deck is a hollow steel profile reinforced by longitudinal beams along the central axis underneath the tram tracks. Pedestrian walkway is broader by the pylon creating a platform allowing more visitors to admire the spectacular Danube. The pedestrian path then dives underneath the bridge re-emerging on the other side. Below the bridge, a suspended platform provides further full panorama of the river.
This slender and elegant proposal uses innovative technologies and creates an economically effective and visually stunning bridge.

 

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