The Station district in Utrecht is currently undergoing a real metamorphosis. Between all the new buildings, conversions and renovations, the Moreelsebrug was taken into use december 2016, connecting the Croeselaan and the Moreelsepark with each other across the railway tracks. The design by cepezed focuses entirely on a simple presence, efficiency and functionality. The bridge for cyclists and pedestrians is characterized by a span in a single clear, open gesture with a high degree of recognizability. The concept consists of an elongated esplanade with a high level of user appeal and ambiance, achieved through aspects such as the double curved form, materialization and detailing and the integration of an avenue of trees into the design. As a result, the structure functions more as a high-quality continuation of the public space than specifically as an infrastructural object. The bridge is simple, slender and transparent and consists technically of two super-sized girders with a middle section in between. The various sight lines and orientations arise from and fit in with the given urban situation, and as a result, the bridge is embedded into the fabric of the city in a natural way.

The trees on the bridge form a raised continuation of the avenue of trees already present at ground level on the connecting routes to and from the city centre. In this way, the bridge establishes an experience of uniformity and continuity that contributes to the naturalness of its use. The bridge's modest lighting plan is integrated in its handrail and promenade deck, which also contributes to the recognizability, aesthetics and functional logic; a stylish, elongated light contour with a row of trees lit from below indicates from afar the presence and target of the bridge vaulting the railway. Mark Hume, journalist at the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, saw in the Rabobrug direct possibilities for the city of Vancouver: ‘The Rabobrug,’ wrote Hume, ‘is not just a bridge, it’s an architectural statement, a beautiful structure with graceful lines that opens up a pleasant, treed boulevard in the middle of a busy city. A bridge like that over False Creek would be a tourism magnet and would extend Vancouver’s remarkable public waterfront.’

utrecht / the netherlands

utrecht municipality, prorail