City in Netherlands Wins Bridge for Producing Solar Energy

Increasing green areas in cities is essential to breaking the concrete and gray presence of urban centers. On 9 May, the Paleisbrug-Palace Bridge (“Bridge Palace”) was opened in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The structure is a raised bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, which makes the connection from the old town center to the Paleiskwartier district.The bridge has green area, heated floors, benches, wi-fi and LED lighting.

The bridge was designed by the  Benthem Crouwel Architects architecture office  and is 250 meters long, with a total area of  2500 square meters . The structure was built with steel resistant  to atmospheric corrosion, which guarantees at least 100 years of life, without the need for repairs. In addition, the bridge has a solar energy capture  system that should also contribute to preserve the space, since this energy will be used to melt the ice during the winter. Thus, it will not be necessary to use the salt for the melting, which could degrade the steel of the structure.

The project was carried out to guarantee comfort, functionality, safety and mobility for residents. The bridge connects two points of the city and also makes it safer to cross over the train tracks. The place invites people to sit on the benches, relax, enjoy the scenery, plants and flowers scattered across the bridge. During the night, LED lighting will be used to reduce the consumption of electricity.

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