12.02.2019, 11:30 Uhr

1st prize for New Norderelbe Bridge in Hamburg


The existing Norderelbe Bridge built in 1963 shows significant damages and needs to be replaced for the extension of the Highway A1 from six to eight lanes. Due to the significance of the design, the technical features and the special environmental aspects to be taken into account, a design competition was launched for which six national and international engineering and architectural companies had qualified. The design of Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner (Hamburg) and Gerkan, Marg and Partner (Berlin) was awarded with the first prize.

“The winning Design convinces with is filigree aesthetic requirements, in which static and design merge. It has been worked out thoroughly down to the last detail. The extensive technical frame conditions are well fulfilled. The bridge responds to the slightly asymmetrical situation of the span widths with a discreet accentuation of the construction through different pylon heights and number of cables“   (Opens external link in new windowwww.hamburg.de).


Extract from the Design Concept:

The design of the new and twice as wide Norderelbe Bridge for the new Highway is based on the pure engineering aesthetic that characterizes the harbor and thus takes up the message of the bridge to be replaced as a reference. And at the same time increases its targeted effect as a landmark for the Elbe crossing. […]

The entire composition as a double cable-stayed bridge with different spans and pylon heights is the logical constructive answer to the special features of the site to be crossed.

The unique feature of the pylons of different heights results from the frame conditions with differently wide side fields, so that the asymmetrical terrain situation of the two bank sides is reflected in the design of the bridge.

The new bridge thus creates a plausible as well as self-evident autonomy in the family of Hamburg bridges - as an important contribution to the structural engineering culture.

The structural design allows for generous uniformity when crossing the river, road and land areas. It combines optimized design and construction with the metaphorical interpretation of the "Genius Loci", which already today and in the future characterizes the logo of the Landesbetrieb LSBG (Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water).


Awarding authority:

DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und –bau GmbH, Berlin


Project Team:
Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI AG
Gerkan, Marg und Partner Generalplanungsgesellschaft mbH

Kocks Ingenieure
MIX • landschaft & freiraum