The winner of the Norwegian Steel Construction Awards 2017. The bridge was also a finalist for the World Architecture News Best Bridge Award 2017, a finalist for the European Steel Bridge Award 2019, and one of the three finalists for the Oslo City Architecture Award 2018.
Degree of Freedom, in collaboration with Saaha and Landskapsfabrikken (now Asplan Viak) designed a new footbridge over the Haugerud creek in Oslo. The bridge has become an important element of the cycle and footpath in the Groruddal area, linking the city centre with the recreational areas east of the city.
The Jungle Bridge is a simple suspension bridge spanning 36m over a small river. The construction of the bridge has improved the route for pedestrians and cycle users as it is no longer necessary to go down into the valley to cross the stream.
The main structural elements are parabolic, locked coil cables with four at deck level and two at handrail level. The 2m wide deck is formed from slip-resistant perforated steel panels, supported off a laterally stiff steel framing system, based on a 1.5m module of crossbeams and handrail posts.
The design intent was to maximize the use of prefabricated lightweight elements to facilitate the bridge erection without the need of cranes thus minimizing the impact on the natural environment. Elements are hot dip galvanised for corrosion protection. Due to the lightness of the bridge a detailed analysis of the accelerations due to pedestrian-induced vibrations was performed to assess the comfort level for bridge users.
Bridge design and structural engineering during all design stages. Technical assistance during fabrication and construction, and steel inspection.