erik andersson turns a swedish bridge into a central gathering place for local community

erik andersson turns a swedish bridge into a central gathering place for local community

stockholm-based practice erik andersson architects’ proposal for a bridge on the kalix river is a multifunctional structure comprising recreational public spaces. as part of the initial design process, the swedish traffic administration wanted to look into the possibility of introducing new features to the upcoming bridge, making it a central gathering place for the residents of kalix.

bird view


erik andersson archtects offers separate routes for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, as well as public spaces such as observation platforms and seating areas. ‘the idea is to turn a simple crossing of the river into an experience and create a warm atmosphere. we also wanted to make it possible for people to get near the water surface and enjoy the view while giving protection from the weather which can get harsh in this part of the country,’ says erik andersson. ‘the structure is a hybrid of an amphitheater and a bridge.’

3D elevation



car and cycle lanes running on top of the bridge are separated from pedestrians below. the walkway is placed under the driveway, using the top as a roof. ‘kalix is a fantastic place, with a stunning archipelago,’ andersson says. ‘I hope this bridge will become a new landmark project for the municipality and be an addition to its unique character.’

video by erik anderssonn



video by erik andersson


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • nice hero shot 🙂 however we need railings.

    ren says:
  • Is this the winner of Public Safety competition?

    TNS says:

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