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Bridges in Reykjavik : Icelandic Architecture Competition

Reykjavik Bridge Designs design by Teiknistofan Tröð

16 May 2012

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik

Location: Iceland, north west Europe

Design: Teiknistofan Tröð

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Designs in Reykjavik

Teiknistofan Tröð won the 1st prize in an open two stage competition in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges

The bridges are designed in the shape of a triangular pyramid. The deck is held up with steel wires that connect to the top of the pyramid.

A pathway lies between the two bridges and along the coastline with rest stops and information stands along the way.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik


Bridges are the same in size, shape and steps. Landfills at the western edge of the bridge are expected to reduce the bridge’s ocean and align the bridges over the Ellíðárósa ridge. Bridges are at a sufficient distance from the river basin. The shape of the bridge frame has been adapted to a modified embodiment of the rods.

This change also results in less material use, as there is now only one long one instead of two. Furthermore, levels have decreased in accordance with the results of detailed calculations and designs. Sticks are connected to bits placed at the top of a long frame.

The design of the handrail has been changed so that the frame of the handrail is connected to the bridge floor. A handrail connects the handrails of the handrail, between which is a dense wire structure, with a vertical direction.

Bridge floors are made of steel and concrete, so-called “combi floors”. Steel cantilever panels play a dual role in the load-bearing system and the molding of the concrete bridge floor. Pieces of steel floor brackets link bridging floors and rods that go up into the support frame. The bridge handrail system is mounted in the steel pieces.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik

The competition description stipulates a place of rest. With regard to costs, destinations are prioritized and reduced. The size of the river is not to exceed 150m2. The proposal assumes a single site at Geirsnefi. Viewing platforms, benches, wheel stands, garbage containers, vegetation and lighting play a key role in creating an interesting recreation site, which will be a fun attraction. The viewing platform gives added weight to the scene.

Walking and cycling paths are either parallel or separate. The paths are parallel to the bridges. At Geirsnefi, each lane gets its own special status according to the nature of use. The hiking trail leads out to the outermost point where there is an exciting recreation site.

Thus, pedestrians can play and play without interfering with cyclists, who travel between places in the shortest possible time. The position of the bicycle lane is based on cycling traffic where the bend radius does not exceed 40 meters. Emphasis is placed on ensuring a smooth route to and from Grafarvogur on the eastern bridge and to and from Dugguvogur on the western bridge.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik

Extensive changes in vegetation are not expected in connection with bridges and paths. Emphasis is placed on preserving and reusing plants as much as possible.

At the site of the conflict will be planted maple, which in the future will be a large and handsome tree, similar to what is on the corner of Vonarstræti and Suðurgata.

Reykjavik Bridges – Building Information


Teiknistofan Tröð:
Sigríður Magnúsdóttir, Architect FAÍ
Hans-Olav Andersen Architect FAÍ, MNAL

Laufey Agnarsdóttir, Architect FAÍ
Ragnhildur Kristjánsdóttir, Architect FAÍ
Sveinn Bragason, Architect FAÍ
Bjarki Gunnar Halldórsson, Architect FAÍ
Anders Möller Nielsen, Architect FAÍ

Sigurður Ingi Ólafsson, engineer at Nybyli
Jenny Osuldsen, landscape architect at Snøhetta
Magnús Andersen, image processing

Teiknistofan Tröð are based in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik Bridges images / information from Teiknistofan Tröð


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