Hovenring Eindhoven

This spectacular circular cable-stayed bridge offers cyclists and pedestrians an exciting crossover. The steel bridge with its 70-metre high pylon and 72-metre diameter deck hovers above an intersection, its impressive pylon marking the entrance way to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven.

Right from it’s opening in the summer of 2012, it has become a new landmark for the city.

clear concept
Several decisions contributed to the iconic appearance of the bridge. The all-defining decision was to make sure the bridge would be as true to the concept of a pylon with cables and a circular deck as possible. Every detail was designed to keep the concept strong and clean-cut and the bridge slender.

site adjustment
User comfort was another thing that was high on our list. As space was limited, we decided to lower the ground level of the intersection underneath by a meter-and-a-half, allowing for a comfortable slope for pedestrians and cyclists.

size: d=72 m | h=70 m | w=5 m
building costs: € 6.300.000

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more information?

bridge designer at ipv Delft, specialist in movable bridges

call Adriaan Kok:
+31 15 750 25 70

or call Niels Degenkamp:
+31 15 750 25 70

project team
Ivo Mulders
Joost Vreugdenhil
Niels Degenkamp
Adriaan Kok
Rob Kruizinga


The bridge comprises a 70-metre high pylon, 24 steel cables and a circular bridge deck and is made out of circa 1.000 tons of steel. The cables are attached to the inner side of the bridge deck, right where the bridge deck connects to the circular, concrete counter weight.  This way, torsion within the 72-metre diameter bridge deck is prevented.

To ensure stability, concrete was added to sections of the bridge deck as well. The M-shaped supports near the approach spans also ensure stability.

Soon after the pylon was put in place, the cables started vibrating visibly.  Vibrations like these (caused by the wind) are nearly impossible to predict. After extensive research by structural experts, two types of dampers (high frequency and low frequency) were attached to the cables, solving the vibration issues.

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  • image: Andreas Secci


Right from the start, we had a very clear view of what the bridge should look like: little more than a thin circular bridge deck and a powerfully shaped pylon. Amongst other things, this meant the standard way of attaching cables to the pylon wouldn’t suffice as it would result in a bulk of steel near the pylon top. Therefore, a tailor-made solution was designed.

The same applies to the  supports near the span bridges. Several more or less standard options were considered, but we eventually designed custom-made M-shaped supports. Without those, the Hovenring simply wouldn’t look as it does today.

  • image: www.helibeeld.nl


ring of light
Befitting Eindhoven’s identity as the ‘City of Light’ (Eindhoven is home to the Philips company), ipv Delft also made a lighting design for the Hovenring. One of its main elements is integrated into the circular deck. The space in between counter weight and deck has been fitted with aluminum lamellas, translucent sheeting and tube lighting, which results in a clearly visible ring of light at night. Together with the illuminated pylon, the ring of light ensures the bridge’s spectacular appearance at night.

The functional lighting is integrated into the railing, where LED-lighting illuminates the bridge deck and ensures facial recognition of the bridge users at the same time. Lights attached to a cable framework in between pylon and bridge deck and to the inner surface of the circular counterweight illuminate the intersection underneath.

  • image: Andreas Secci

  • image: Andreas Secci