Work to start on €50 million crossing next year

Parisian architect Marc Mimram has beaten Bjarke Ingels, UN Studio and Knight Architects to win its first project in Austria.

Eight teams were shortlisted in a competition to provide a €50 million bridge over the River Danube in the industrial town of Linz.

The scheme will replace an existing crossing, doubling its capacity and providing designated space for trams, cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

Thirty metres wide, the winning proposal has three steel arches across a 400m span and four cantilevered viewing platforms.

Its design was also conceived with a neighbouring motorway bridge in mind.

Marc Mimram, founding director of Marc Mimram Architects and Engineers, said: “The bridge is designed using traditional principles but with the contemporary element of a cantilevered pedestrian walkway.

“The new bridge will be a huge improvement for the city and we hope it will act as a catalyst for future development along the river bank.”

Work will start in late 2015 and take five years to complete.

The finalists

Team A

•           Schimetta Consult (Austria)

•           Leonhardt Andra and Partners (Germany)

•           Dissing + Weitling (Denmark)

Team B

•           Knippers Helbig (Germany)

•           Krebs and Kiefer (Germany)

•           Van Berkel &  Bos U.N. Studio (The Netherlands)

Team C

•           VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers (Austria)

•           FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner (Austria)

•           Quist Wintermans Architekten (The Netherlands)

Team D

•           Marc Mimram Architects and Engineers (France)

Team E

•           SSF Ingenieure (Germany)

•           ISP ZT GmbH (Austria)

•           Knight Architects (England)

Team F

•           Öhlinger + Partner (Austria)

•           Ponting Consulting Engineers (Slovenia)

•           Zeininger architects (Austria)

Team G

•           Schuessler-Plan Engineering (Germany)

•           Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes (France)

Team H

•           BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)

•           Flint & Neill Limited (England)

•           (Subcontractor: archinauten - Linz architectural office)