Thursday, March 5, 2009

205. Klosters, Eisenbahnbrucke

Dear Sean,

Robert Maillart's apparently fragile concrete arches
are sublime landmarks in the Swiss alpine landscape.
In the Landquart rail bridge at Klosters, for instance,
the deck follows a smooth horizontal curve in plan to
facilitate traffic. To achieve this effect the arch is as
wide as the deck at mid-span but much wider at the
abutments. Undoubtedly integration of the supporting
arch, the stiffening wall, and the traffic platform into
one cohesive unit were Maillart's main design principles.