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Brief Published: 18 Nov 2011

Dutch ‘Moses’ Bridge


Faced with the task of finding a modern, fuss-free way to transport visitors across a water-filled 17th-century moat (without encroaching on the fort’s ancient aesthetic), Dutch architects RO&AD devised an astonishing environmentally friendly sunken bridge.

Stretching across the moat of the island fortress Fort de Roovere, near Rotterdam in Holland, the waterproofed bridge – built from toxin-free, sustainably grown wood – literally slices through the centre of the moat, putting pedestrians at eye-level with the water’s surface.

The transition across the moat is seamless, while views of the ancient fort remain paramount, nicely ticking both boxes.