Completed in 2013, the Solvesborg Bridge in Sweden is the longest pedestrian bridge in Europe reaching across the bay of Solvesbord and connecting it to the new housing area called Ljungaviken.
The project was designed by the Ljusarkitektur practice which is a part of AF Lighting and it develops a unique lighting scheme to make it visible from afar. The LED fixtures were created by Lumenpulse and they change colors to highlight the arches.
The bridge spans over a length of 756 meters and the design tries to impact the wildlife and natural surroundings as little as possible. Glare shields were integrated to limit the glare and they also hide the light sources.
According to the designers, their source of inspiration was the fauna and flora surrounding the bridge so the fixtures were programed to display different color sequences throughout the year to imitate the birds’ migration. The higher part of the bridge is made of three vaults and the actual bridge is made of wood to allow pedestrians or bicycles to pass easily across it.