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Aare Bridge

Christ & Gantenbein’s new bridge in Aarau, Switzerland, doesn’t just connect two different sides of the Aare river — it also narrows the gaps between several periods of local architectural history. Working in collaboration with engineering studios WMM Ingenieure and Henauer Gugler, the Basel-based architecture practice developed a row of five variable-width arches that are a marvel of contemporary construction. Yet the structure’s light grey board-formed concrete also successfully harmonizes with Aarau’s older stone buildings, which include no shortage of medieval castles.

In another deft balance of past and present, a portion of the new infrastructure partially rests on two caissons that were preserved from the river’s...

In Switzerland, the Aare Bridge Links Past and Present

Christ & Gantenbein build a civic landmark for the ages in Aarau, Switzerland.

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