Balance Bridge by SOM

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Project: Balance Bridge
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Location: Bergen, Norway
Completion Year: 2005
Building Height: 17 m
Number of Stories:
Project Awards: 2008 • AIA – Chicago Chapter • Unbuilt Design Award: Citation of Merit
Website: www.som.com

The Balance Bridge, a proposed 132-meter-long pedestrian span for the Puddefjorden in Bergen, Norway is a technologically advanced zero-energy drawbridge. Simple and elegant in form, the bridge relies on photovoltaic cells to power a unique hydraulic pumping system that operates two cantilevered spans extending across the channel.