Footbridge over Hluboká strouha

Studio Hlaváček – Čeněk

Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic
50°43’01.6″N 15°38’02.9″E

Completion date

project management: Dalibor Hlaváček, Martin Čeněk
student team: Tomáš Minarovič (author of the proposal, Michal Bílek, Jan Binter, Tereza Chvojková, Ondřej Králík, Matěj Kulhavý, Petra Lálová, Eliška Müllerová, Pavel Struhař

Fe Produkt, Karel Kovanda, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU, Ondřej Němeček a Karel Tikovský

Tomáš Bryčka (static solution)

Administration of the Krkonoše National Park, FA CTU

Authors of photos
Martin Čeněk, Jan Kyncl, Tomáš Minarovič, Eliška Müllerová, Jiří Ryszawy


Minimal resting places and unique views of the valley are behind the concept of the footbridge over the Hluboká ditch. The footbridge is located on the slope of the Stoh, at the point where the blue hiking trail leading from Špindlerův Mlýn to Klínové boudy crosses the Hluboká strouha. Its shape is based on the terrain configuration of the trough and the movement of visitors. The footbridge includes a bench that turns towards the valley. The design responds to the local extreme climatic conditions. The bridge deck is made up of roxors – concrete rib bars. Thanks to the gaps between the roxors, the footbridge looks visually light and the pedestrian can perceive the stream below the footbridge, while at the same time there is no accumulation of snow, water or leaves on the footbridge. The protrusions of the roxors guarantee safe walking on the footbridge. Avalanches are frequent in the deep trough that the footbridge crosses, so the footbridge is designed without railings. The main material is weather-resistant Corten steel, which requires no maintenance and its colouring fits in with the natural context of the Krkonoše National Park. There is no transport infrastructure in the vicinity. The footbridge is therefore modular and can be disassembled into individual parts that can be easily transported and assembled without the use of heavy machinery. Its modest shape, subtleness and the material used harmonise with the unique environment.


Opening ceremony 18. 1. 2018

Finished construction