The design for the Tension Band Bridge was a cooperative competition entry between
Berlin-based firm for architecture and landscape ANNABAU and Schüßler-Plan
structural engineers for the „Landesgartenschau Tirschenreuth 2013“ (Garden Festival
Tirschenreuth 2013), and was selected for implementation. The sculptural bridge is
destined for pedestrians and cyclists and spans its 85 meter length over the city pond.
Location: Tirschenreuth, BAVARIA, GERMANY
Competition winning entry: 2009
Completion: May 2013
Planning stages: LP 2-8
Client: Stadt Tirschenreuth
Construction costs: €780,000
The new bridge connects the centre of the old town of Tirschenreuth via the „Schels
Areal“ with the former island monastry „Fischhofinsel“, the new quarter “Lohnsitz“ and the
adjacent area for leisure and sports.
The exposed wooden body of the bridge is closely connected to the historical meaning
of wood in the city of Tirschenreuth, evident in the city`s name. Additionally, it refers to
the local architecture, where untreated wood is often found in vernacular construction.
A minimal substructure built from steel tension bands lying on three, small concrete
bases, reveals its wooden sculptural body and demonstrates its contextual sensitivity.
Comments from the jury:
“The proposed bridge shows very high quality of design. Appearance, materials and
detail design will be handled competently and engagingly in an exciting dialogue with the
stone bridge at Fischhof. Also sensitive and of great value is the proposal to the
overflow weir with a wooden water pipe organ. ... The bridge displays visual simplicity,
and simplicity of design alongside a technical specialty that will make it an attraction in