Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes provide new access routes to Mont-Saint-Michel
One of the most popular visitor attractions in France, Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, recently celebrated the opening of a pedestrian access route from the mainland designed by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes. This UNESCO Heritage site is a small island commune separated from the northern coast of Normandy by a flat sandy plane.
A 1,085m-long causeway is coupled with a 760m-long bridge over the water, supported by 134 pillars of 12m in height. When the tide is at its highest - which occurs several times throughout the year - the new access route will be the only way to reach Mont Saint Michel, and the smooth curve of the bridge will be reflected in the water below.
Laurent Beauvais, President of the Syndicat Mixte Baie du Mont Saint Michel, said: “We invite the public to take their first steps on the new pedestrian bridge, especially during high tides. The work is still ongoing, but a totally renewed Mont Saint Michel is promised. Everyone can enjoy these final stages.” This autumn, shuttle buses will begin to run the route to the commune, reducing the need for visitors to drive right up to the attraction.
Client: Syndicat mixte de la Baie de Mont Saint-Michel
Architect: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann & Partner