Seele all-glass bridge
structural engineering, structural design
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Seele all-glass bridge

glasstec Düsseldorf 2008

The glass bridge is the world's first prototype for a bridge made of cold-bent glass. The cold-formed transparent material, a complex spatial and stiffness-dependent load-bearing behaviour and the extensive use of adhesive joints are the special characteristics of this all-glass bridge. It consists of only three, with a radius of 16 m curved individual components: A glass plate and two glass balustrades arranged on both sides, curved in plan. The glass plate consists of eight, the balustrades of six float glass panes, each 4 mm thick, with highly transparent, shear-resistant SG laminated films. The ratio of stitch to span of the glass arch is extremely flat at 1:18. An extreme transparency and an unusual structural concept lead to an elegant appearance. Form, structural logic and detailed culture complement each other perfectly. The prototype is to be understood as a technology carrier for future applications in glass construction.



  • Building technology 12/2014
  • DBZ 05/2014
  • GAM.12

seele Unternehmensgruppe

Object planning / structural design

seele Unternehmensgruppe / IBK Research and Development, University of Stuttgart / Engelsmann Peters Consulting Engineers

Planning and construction



7 m


seele Ltd

Specials, bridges, glass