The new white Ölhafen bridge is an elegant, curved structure. With its spiralling access ramps, it spans the 70-metre wide entrance to the harbour in Raunheim. For the first time since 1965, this sculptural bridge now reconnects the traditional Mainz - Frankfurt – Aschaffenburg footpath and bicycle route on the south side of the river Main. Prof. Michael Schumacher describes the design approach as ”a swiftly- rendered paintbrush stroke connecting the two sides of Raunheim’s Ölhafen.” The design concept was also subject to strict regulations governing the safe storage of highly flammable substances in tanks. The combination of design strategy and safety requirements has resulted in a bridge with an elegant, curved and sculptural form.
Competition: 05/2009 – 06/2009
Planning period: 07/2009 – 12/2009
Construction period: 2012-2013