[AMSTERDAM] Iconic Pedestrian Bridge | Competition
The design of the pedestrian bridge on the Amstel canal creates a close dialogue between shape and function. Characteristic is the choice to locate the highest point of the bridge on the west bank, in an exactly opposite side of the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum: the interesting element is the “promenade architecturale” that carries the passers across the bridge heading to the museum entrance, from the top to the bottom. The user’s attention is directed and captured in one of the most culturally interesting and exciting points of the city. The slope generates an air draft of 5 meters for the passage of river traffic near the west bank, and the static scheme is rational and essential. The beams, helped by structural ties, support the slender ramps throughout their development. The slope is designed to guarantee the maximum of accessibility to disables and bicycles and an elevator integrated on the services envelope creates an easy connection with the west bank for both of them. Out of the envelope stands out the transparency, it is basically built through a bear structure covered by a semi-transparent glass (Uglass): the strong light acts as an perceptive attractor for the Amstel canal and heads the Hermitage Museum.
Fabio Stefanelli, Andrea Rebecchi, Mirza Sahman
AC-CA International Architectural Competition