heneghan peng architects

Mittelrheinbrücke |  Sankt Goar Sankt – Goarshausen, Germany

Sankt Goar, Germany

The Mittelrheinbruecke is located in the World heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The design takes a simple approach, create a structure as low, as horizontal and as thin as possible in order to minimise the visual impact.

Structure: Above ‒ Below ‒ In ‒ Between Though the central span of the bridge, which crosses the river, may seem at first glance the most important element, in the context of this sensitive landscape, the ramps that negotiate the level difference between the required ship clearance and the road levels, potentially have equal if not greater impact for the river valley than the central span.

Our proposal balances the two extremes of a structure above the deck and a structure below by locating the structure in‒between these two extremes, minimizing the ramp lengths whilst simultaneously minimizing the visual impact of the new crossing along the ‘Valley’ corridor.

Fact sheet


Landesbetrieb Mobilitaet Rheinland Pfalz


2009 (Competition Winner)


Sankt Goar, Germany


Structures | Civil



Mitchell & Associates


Andrew Ingham & Associates

Model Photographs

Richard Davies





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