Christian Menn – Bridges

Christian Menn – Bridges

The art of structural engineering: the bridges, visions, and philosophy of Christian Menn.



Title Information

Edited by Caspar Schärer and Christian Menn

1st edition

, 2015

Text English and German


352 pages, 151 color and 125 b/w illustrations and plans

25.5 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-455-5


Christian Menn ranks among the most renowned structural engineers worldwide. He continues the tradition of Swiss excellence in the construction of bridges and has, both as designing engineer and as a teacher, been highly influential for decades. Many of his designs have become landmarks admired for their elegance and stringency.

This new monograph documents Menn’s work, vision, thinking and philosophy. Around thirty of his designs, built and unrealized, are featured in large full color photographs, many of the newly taken for this book, and with rich technical detail and plans. Menn’s own texts show his passion as well as his immense experience in dealing with the particular circumstances and surrounding conditions of each project. Essays by fellow engineer David P. Billington, scholar Werner Oechslin, and writer and publicist Iso Camartin look at Menn’s oeuvre from different points of view.

The book offers a rich insight into Menn’s lifelong examination of the fundamentals of his profession, and it is also a comprehensive reflection on the art of structural engineering.

Authors & Editors

Luzi Bärtsch

David P. Billington

Iso Camartin

Christian Menn

 (1927–2018), graduated in engineering from ETH Zurich, where he also taught between 1971–92. In 1957 he established his own firm in Chur, Switzerland, working as designing and consulting enginner worldwide.

Werner Oechslin

Caspar Schärer

, born 1973, took his degree in architecture from ETH Zurich. He lives and works as an architectural publicist in Zürich. He also teaches at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and ETH Zurich.

Joseph Schwartz


“This stunning publication from Scheidegger and Spiess features more than 30 of Menn’s revolutionary designs, both built and unrealised, across 276 full colour and black and white images, with in-depth captions analysing the specifics of each project.” Engineering & Technology magazine


“Packed full of stunning photography of the bridges of Christian Menn against dramatic natural backdrops (think the mountains, ravines, rivers and forests of Europe), this book is as much a visual treat as it is a technical and cultural appreciation of the work of one of the world’s most renowned structural engineers.” New Design


“Menn’s essays on his individual bridges are like a masterclass in bridge engineering and aesthetics.” Thomas Leslie, Blogged Environment