dietmar feichtinger architectes elevates jetty to mont saint-michel
 
dietmar feichtinger architectes elevates jetty to mont saint-michel
jul 22, 2014

dietmar feichtinger architectes elevates jetty to mont saint-michel

dietmar feichtinger architectes elevates jetty to mont saint-michel
photo by mathias neveling
all images courtesy of dietmar feichtinger architectes

 

 

 

a jetty from the normandy coastline to mont saint-michel, designed by dietmar feichtinger architectes, has recently opened for pedestrian access. the project replaces an existing causeway producing undesirable build up of sediment, due to limited ability for water flow. the elevation of the bridge way on stilts alleviates this issue, creating a continuous current around the island. the path offers a promenade for visitors, with expansive views to the impressive medieval mountain village and estuary context.

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

the elevated jetty will replace an existing causeway
photo by michael zimmermann

 

 

 

rather than taking a direct path, the 760-meter long jetty takes a curving geometry, to create a drawn out procession providing a variety of views of mont saint-michel for the pedestrian. beyond the experiential aspects for its winding form, the layout also responds closely to the landscape and water movements, in order to integrate seamlessly with the context. a road weaves alongside the wood deck walkway, with the two separated by a continuous bench.

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

pedestrians enjoy expansive views of the estuary context while walking to the island village
photo by mathias neveling

 

 

 

the structural configuration of the bridge eliminates diagonal bracing, allowing for more openness at the ocean level. once the roadway is opened up on the elevated jetty, the existing and attached causeway will be deconstructed, making mont saint-michel a true island once again.

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

the scheme eliminates the need for diagonal braces
photo by mathias neveling

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

the elevated nature of the jetty allows for improved water flow through the estuary
photo by mathias neveling

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

the bridge’s form curves to connect the mainland and mont saint-michel in an indirect path
photo by mathias neveling

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

the medieval island village is a prominent tourist destination
photo by mathias neveling

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

photo by mathias neveling

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

a roadway weaves alongside the wood walkway
photo by barbara feichtinger-felber

dietmar feichtinger architectes mont saint-michel jetty designboom

lights integrated with the continuous bench illuminate the walkway
photo by mathias neveling

 

 

 

project info:

 

architect: dietmar feichtinger architectes
consultants: schlaich bergermann und partner, stuttgart
client: syndicat mixte baie du mont saint-michel
length of causeway: 1,085 m
length of gateway: 756 m
width: 12.5 – 16.5 m
width of the roadway: 6.5 – 8.5 m
earthwork volume for causeway: 45 cbm
dates: 2001 (competition), 2002 (entry selected), 2003 (early studies), 2011-2014 (construction)

  • Well this is truly lovely. JimCan; Don’t understand your reference to U.S. Congress and the comment “we could/should have something like this.” Like what? Are you proposing that we ‘get off our butts’ and build a mont sant-michel and a causeway or that we buy this one and install it in the U.S.?

    Ron Smith
  • Too bad the congress in the U.S. is so retarded – we could/should have something like this. Americans need to get off their butts and congress needs to get their heads out of their Azz’s. Jim

    jimCan

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