Authors: mag. Peter Gabrijelcic, u.d.i.a., ing. Viktor Markelj
Investor: Dars d.d. Celje
Photographer: Rado Stropnik, Ana Če
Construction year: 2007
In the architecture of a town, bridges are structures of the highest symbolic value, and comparable to a cathedral, opera house or museum in a town’s image. Such is also the innovatively constructed and designed 450-metre span ‘Puh’s Bridge’set low over the river and spanning in a wide arch the shores of the largest Slovene lake on the Drava River at Ptuj. It is a cable-stayed bridge, built as an extra dosed bridge i.e. the deck is directly supported by resting on part oft he tower. The type of construction and form were selected on the basis of a public competition whose goal was to preserve the navigability of the river, but also to preserve the view of the famed Castle of Ptuj. The solution, in the form of four low ’harps’ enabled the formation of a slim bridge deck slab, which provides optimal clearance under the bridge and at the same time preserves the traversability of both riverbanks. Four low double towers represent a kind of a gateway to a sequence of three spaces incorporated in to the structure which function like squares above the river, and from where it is possible to safely observe the panoramic views of the river and town.Pedestrians and cyclists on either side are physically and symbolically separated from vehicular traffic. The suggested solution provides a play of different criteria which creates in space the desired visual effects and stimulates public use of the road space.