Wildlife bridge across highway A1 in the National Park 'Veluwe'

Highway A1 cuts right through the national park The Veluwe. To enable wild animals to move freely across the Veluwe, so-called animal bridges were built in several places.

Architects ZJA designed the wildlife bridge 'The Borkeld' near Rijssen in a 'design-and-construct' commission. We wanted the intervention to be as discreet as possible. Therefore we chose for a span without a central pillar, which creates a calm image for drivers on the highway.

Another important point was that visitors had to be kept from accessing the animal bridge from the nearby walking trail. To prevent this, we created another bridge for cyclists and pedestrians connecting the trail.

Nominatie: Dutch Concrete Award 2005