Oirschot Bridge
2013 ongoing, Oirschot, the Netherlands

The slow traffic bridge in Oirschot, a historical town in the south of The Netherlands, was opened in 2020. Conceived by West 8, the elegant and simple truss is ground-breaking in its use of wood as a primary material to span the 40 meter clearing accross the Wilhelmina Canal. 

The ramps with their bright red steel railings offer comfortable access for pedestrians and cyclists and create alternating views over the canal, culminating in a beautiful sightline towards Oirschot's historical St Peters Church. 

Connecting visitors directly to the town square and matching the character of the surrounding woodland, the bridge is transparent, compact in form, and uses Azobé wood to traverse the canal.

The bridge is a pinnacle landmark for the Green Corridor, a 13 km long recreational route through a National Landscape which links the city of Eindhoven with the historical centre of Oirschot.

Opdrachtgever/Client:
Gemeente Oirschot - Municipality of Oirschot

Architect+Landschapsarchitect: West 8
Uitvoerend architect: wURck architectuur stedenbouw landschap

Constructief adviseur/Construction advisor:
RoyalHaskoningDHV

Team aannemer/Contractor Team:
Ballast Nedam
Houthandel Wijma Kampen
Staalbouw Nauta Heeg
Ingenieursbureau Wagemaker
Lekstroom Transport
client
Municipality of Oirschot
team
Adriaan Geuze, Ronald van Nugteren, Agostino Bubbico, Gaspard Estourgie, Jan Willem Terlouw, Joost Koningen, Keren Yang, Perry Maas, Rikus Beekman