Sundsvall Centralstation

Wooden bridge designed with respect for the cultural heritage

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The footbridge "Portamento" is designed to connect the station building and platforms at Sundsvall Centralstation.

  • Sundsvall, Sweden
    Public Spaces and Stations, Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges
    2022 - 2028
  • Client
    Swedish Transport Administration
    Collaborators
    WSP
  • The footbridge is an elegant bridge made of lime-wood and glass with a metal roof. It is the winner of the six proposals in a competition organised by the Swedish Transport Administration with Architects Sweden.

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  • The jury chose what they consider an “architecturally exciting proposal with a good potential for development”. The proposals were judged on five criteria: design, function, sustainability, development potential as well as feasibility and management.

    “We've designed a bridge with respect for the significant heritage environment in the area. We didn’t just want to create a practical connection, we also aimed at a safe transition which gives something back to the place. The materials and elegance of the footbridge, and its twisting geometry form a significant figure in the otherwise very rigid station landscape, enriching a unique location,” said Jesper Henriksen, architect and partner at Dissing+Weitling.

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  • The climate footprint of the bridge’s construction has been kept down by optimising the amount of materials used.

    Several parts of the bridge can be built separately and lifted into place, thereby minimising the disruption to trains.