Sunken bridge wins Netherlands Public Facilities Award

The 'Moses bridge' in the Netherlands
The 'Moses bridge' in the Netherlands

A Moses-style bridge in the Netherlands is giving visitors the illusion of walking on water. The sunken bridge, designed by Dutch architecture firm RO&AD, was inserted across a moat that surrounds the 17th-century Fort de Roovere at the West Brabant Water Line area of the Netherlands. It is one of a series of fortresses built at the time to protect the area from invasion.

Dipping below the water line, the bridge gives the impression of parting the water and is seemingly invisible when viewed from a distance.

Constructed entirely from sustainable Accoya wood, which has been waterproofed with EPDM foil, the €250,000 bridge has become a favourite of visitors to the newly opened fortress. It has also won a Netherlands Public Facilities Award and was nominated for the Dutch Design Award.

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