Invisible Moses Bridge

Project Name: Moses Bridge
Architects:RO&AD architecten

Halsteren, The Netherlands

The West Brabant Water Line is a defence-line consisting of a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the south-west of the Netherlands. It dates from the 17th century but fell into disrepair in the 19th century.


When the water line was finally restored, an access bridge across the moat of one of the fortresses, Fort de Roovere, was needed. This fort now has a new, recreational function and lies on several routes for cycling and hiking.


It is, of course, highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defence works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on. That’s why RO&AD Architects designed an invisible bridge. Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with EPDM foil.

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