City of Drammen
Knight Architects / SAAHA
2019 - ongoing
Degree of Freedom
A catalyst for a city's transformation
The competition-winning design was selected by the City of Drammen in response to their requirement for a pedestrian and highway bridge crossing the Drammenselva, which will help transform the city into an attractive destination for visitors, businesses and residents.
The new 280m-long City Bridge is a direct response to the local constraints. With the electrified rail tracks on the south side requiring maximum headroom, and a street-level connection at the north shore, the bridge elevation confidently rises from the Bragernes Torg, crossing the river with a general vertical curve and slowly comes down on the Strømsø side, where it naturally ties into the station square.
The central element of the bridge, the main river crossing, will be a pair of low lying, shallow steel arches spanning 85m across the river, leaping dramatically between two narrow piers located close to the river shores. This distinctive shape will be emblematic for the city of Drammen.
The design of the new City Bridge was formally approved by the client in December 2020. Detailed design stage of the bridge will finish in March 2021 and the construction tender will be announced before summer 2021.