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A Landmark Crossing

Pedestrian Bridge Wenduine, Wenduine, BE

Bridging the polder and the dunes, the “Het Wrakhout” Bridge (The Wreckage) connects a local campsite to the beach.

The Pedestrian Bridge at Wenduine provides a safe traverse over a busy provincial motorway and double tramlines. The bridge, a true landmark leads holidaymakers to a panoramic lookout over the dune, sea and the polders of Uitkerkse.

The bridge’s design was inspired by the cultural coastal landscapes of polders, dunescapes, and the ocean. The arrangement of wooden beams and interspersed steel supports are likened to pieces of driftwood that have washed ashore. The beams generate a sense of security and protection from strong salty winds and the swirling sand. The striking structure features lookout points for cyclists at the foot of the bridge and on top of the dunes, complete with information boards, providing a unique opportunity to experience the coastal landscape.

To prevent damage to the vulnerable dunes, a wooden staircase was incorporated to guide the crowds of holidaymakers heading to the beach.

Client
Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust (MDK)

Imagery
© Jeroen Musch and © West 8

Partners
Ingenieur | Snoeck en Partners, architectuur & engineering
Constructeur | BAS, bureau voor architectuur en stabiliteit
Aannemer | WestConstruct Oostkamp
Leverancier en montage azobé | Koninklijke Houthandel G. Wijma & zonen