Gandhi meets Elphi
The star of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, lovingly called ELPHI. Erected on old storage buildings, it is a glittering vision made of undulating glass. The Mahatma Gandhi Bridge, located between the Elbe River and the Sandtor Harbour, provides covered access to the diva. The unimposing bascule bridge allows ships to enter the long-established harbour.
paving the way
Moveable bridges are masters of interaction; their construction requires multiple disciplines to collaborate: steel and concrete construction, hydraulic and mechanical engineering, drive and electrical engineering and architecture. And there are more conditions to meet: the waterproof operating spaces and existing quay facilities must be integrated into the flood protection facility.
creating construction culture
The structure combines the tradition of classical light steel construction for the structural system with the most recent drive technology and remote control for the moveable bridge. The bridge is intended to modestly stay in the background to avoid stealing the limelight from the Elbphilharmonie. But when the bridge opens it seems like Gandhi smiles a secret smile – a spectacular performance.
Year of completion
Type of intervention
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Type of structure
Floating, lifting / assembly of prefabricated parts
Construction material of superstructure
Reinforced concrete, steel
Type of structural system
Architekturbüro Jean-Jacques Zimmermann
Basic assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, planning for approval, preparation of tendering, health and safety coordination, technical examination, consultant services for the client, visualisation