Matchstick Bridge

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date:            2017

status:       ongoing

type:           prequalified assignment

client:        oslo kommune




Matchstick bridge establishes a continuous safe track with optimal accessibility for walking and cycling over the railways, railroad and Alna river barriers.


The crossing point is narrow, and railways criteria must be met to establish an optimal solution for walking and cycling past the crossing point.





The geometry of the walkway is used to attempt and improve the existing difficult pedestrian crossing of the Smalvollveien / Jernbaneveien by moving the crossing point eastwards and extending the peak point on the road to 30 meters east and west again pedestrian crossings. We dismount the existing bridge cover and secondary construction and by extending the original bolted steel structure and building on the existing abutments and foundations in granite.

Design criteria:

• Easily elegant construction with minimum material consumption.
• Universal design where all users have the same trip.
• Integrated with existing construction.
• Overview and safe.
• Provides additional value for the immediate area.
• Forms language, based on constructive logic.
• Economically feasible.

By building a new bridge and retaining the existing support structure, you get a bridge that is historically anchored and provides a good response to preservation. The boardwalk, railings and protection screen are integrated to achieve an integrated architectural approach.

The ring surrounds the future Sluppen center. It is a flexible and robust infrastructure that ensures good accessibility internally and efficiently connects to E6 and other parts of Trondheim city. This makes future with car free Sluppen centrum possible.

From a dilapidated and ineffective business area, Sluppen transforms into a green, modern and future-oriented district. A gateway, a portal city designed as an attractive hub, where the major transport facilities are utilized to give the area opportunities and specialties and not being perceived as barriers and problems.





SAAHA  2018


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