Work underway on new bridge for Tyresta national park

31 March 2023
Credit: Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Gottlieb Paludan Architects




Gottlieb Paludan Architects design attractive entrance for Swedish nature reserve

Work is well underway on the new suspension footbridge designed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects for Sweden’s Tyresta national park, located 20km from Stockholm. Tyresö Municipality requested a design for a bridge and entrance area which took into consideration the area’s unspoiled nature, with the new main park entrance commencing a route through a changing landscape consisting of both cultivated areas and a pristine nature reserve containing virgin forest. Gottlieb Paludan Architects won the ensuing design contest with a concept that the competition jury described as: "a bridge with a distinct design that does not compete with the pristine environment more than necessary.” 

The bridge is conceived as a straight line without supporting structures, constructed with prestressed tension rods drilled into the rock and stabilized by a concrete bridge span. The railings are made from stainless steel - sturdy materials that will ensure longevity and minimal consumption of materials. The new entrance areas encompass a large access area from the West and a smaller entryway from the East. The main entrance will offer parking for cars, motorbikes, and tourist buses,  linked with a new information station and a trail network including Sörmlandsleden, Sweden’s longest hiking trail. The eastern entrance will offer parking for cars and bikes, connected to an open cultural landscape with a cluster of historic buildings, including Alby farm and vicarage.

Both the bridge and walkways are currently taking shape, with all the concrete elements of the bridge deck in place. The wooden walkways which connect the new bridge to the existing park infrastructure are also nearing completion. This spring, the innovative project will connect the park's scenic areas and landmarks, providing a sustainable way to explore the natural beauty of the region.

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 20.03.2019 here

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