Militaria - Enlargement of a fortified museum in Switzerland

Hundreds of circular holes puncture a faceted bronze extension to a fortified museum in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, that is set to reopen next month.

Added during a renovation by Swiss architects :mlzd, the shiny four-storey volume reconnects the two halves of the town museum, which comprise a thirteenth century stone tower and a former residence.

Stadtmuseum Rapperswil-Jona extension and renovation by mlzd

Stadtmuseum Rapperswil-Jona extension and renovation by mlzd


Militaria - West Brabant Water Line - Moses Bridge

by RO&AD architechten

The West Brabant Water Line is a defence-line consisting of a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the south-west of the Netherlands. It dates from the 17th century but fell into disrepair in the 19th century. When the water line was finally restored, an access bridge across the the moat of one of the fortresses, Fort de Roovere, was needed. This fort now has a new, recreational function and lies on several routes for cycling and hiking. It is, of course, highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defence works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on. That's why we designed an invisible bridge. Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with EPDM foil. The bridge lies like a trench in the fortress and the moat, shaped to blend in with the outlines of the landscape. The bridge can't be seen from a distance because the ground and the water come all the way up to its edge. When you get closer, the fortress opens up to you through a narrow trench. You can then walk up to its gates like Moses on the water.

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