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Melkweg Bridge in Purmerend, the Netherlands by NEXT Architects

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Article source: NEXT Architects

The Melkweg bridge is located in Purmerend, the Netherlands. The bridge is part of the masterplan ‘De Kanaalsprong’ and connects the historic city center with the towns’ new district.

“The aim of the design team was to create a new area with a specific identity, which could work as a connector between the old and the new centre.”

Image Courtesy Jeroen Musch 

  • Architects: NEXT Architects
  • Project: Melkweg Bridge
  • Location: Purmerend, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Jeroen Musch, Piet Jonker
  • Program: Bridge
  • Span: 66 mtr
  • Cost / Value: Euro 6.000.000,00
  • Status: Completed
  • Preliminary design: Sep 2007
  • Final design: Nov 2009
  • Start building: May 2011
  • Completion: Oct 2012
  • Client: Municipality of Purmerend
  • Collaborator: Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur
  • Advisor construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek
  • Contractor(s): Van Hattum en Blankevoort
  • Main contractor: VSF
  • Installations: Istemawa

Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari

INTRODUCTION

What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Kiss Bridge in Alicante, Spain by Joaquin Alvado Bañon

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Joaquin Alvado Baño

The project has been thought to establish a relationship between two different parts of the town, divided by a rainwater channel. Each side of the channel causes a different way to cross, a new shape to define a border. The connection is a kiss, a softy touch of structures. The bridge is a new way to understand the city.

The beams have been structurally designed as the Japanese art of paper folding called “origami”. The material we have used is white concrete plate instead of paper. The two geometrically different parts have different structural behavior. The first part has a large cantilever beam 16 m length, while the second has a Y plan geometry comprising the main path itself and a Venetian stairs. The length of the main path of both structures is over 60 m.

Image Courtesy © Justo Oliva

  • Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
  • Project: “Kiss Bridge”.  White Concrete Footbridge
  • Location: Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, Spain
  • Photographs: Justo Oliva 
  • Structural Engineers: Salvador Ivorra, Miguel Angel Crespo,
  • Geometry: Rafael Guillem and David Jimenez (Geometry)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Texts: Justo Oliva and Authors

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Pedestrian Bridge in Paris, France by Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

The current design proposal is a pedestrian bridge to be located on the River Seine in Paris near the Palais du Louvre. Its objective is to synthesize an architectural response from the cultural, urban, and contemporary movements of Paris, and transport a new experience on the Seine River unique to its surroundings; including to synergize tectonic form with light and surface nuances.

Image Courtesy © MA2

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Amstel Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Article source: Thiago Augustus Prenholato Alves, Rodolfo Parolin Hardy, Rafael Santos Ferraz and Gilberto Baroni Junior.

The design comes from an analysis of the duality between complexity and simplicity, how a plain idea can develop onto a project that meets the needs of a pre-established program and interacts with the surrounding area. A challenge that is not to create the longest span or the most acrobatic structure but to connect both two points of the city and the inhabitant to the city. How to create a distinct and recognizable bridge design that’ll be integrated and interactive? An infrastructure optimized for public life. The design of the bridge brings the waves in the water surface to the level of the buildings around, integrating this unusual form to the city landscape. The contrast invites the pedestrian to discover new routes and challenges him along the path curves to see new perspectives, reopening his eyes to the beauty of Amsterdam.

Image Courtesy xLAB - Experimental Laboratory for Architecture

  • Architects: Thiago Augustus Prenholato Alves, Rodolfo Parolin Hardy, Rafael Santos Ferraz and Gilberto Baroni Junior.
  • Project: Amstel Bridge
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Foot- and Cyclebridge over the Rhein in Huningue, France by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Two main roads, the “Hauptstrasse” in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the “Rue de France” in Hunningue, France, are situated on the same axis. To emphasize this highly symbolic and visual connection between the two countries, the footbridge is put along the axis and not into it for the view not to be disturbed. This visual connection is enhanced by the physical one, as the design of the bridge is a response to the situation. The technical challenge is evident.

Image Courtesy Alain Caste

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Project: Foot- and Cyclebridge over the Rhein
  • Location: Huningue, France
  • Client:  Ville de Weil-am-Rhein
  • Building contractor: Construction métallique
  • Competition: Wolfgang Juen, Ulrike Plos, José Luis Fuentes, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, Frederique Bindji, Mendis Thilan
  • Project Team Leader: José-Luis Fuentes

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Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, UAE by ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

 

Article source: ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design and construction of a third gateway crossing linking Abu Dhabi Island to the Gulf south shore. Our two-way four lane highway bridge features cantilevered road decks suspended from symmetrical steel arches, which form a sinusoidal waveform – giving this huge structure its fluid silhouette.

Image Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

  • Architects:  ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
  • Project:  Sheikh Zayed Bridge
  • Location:  Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Client:  Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Time Period:  1997 – 2010

Image Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

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Butcher’s Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia by SADAR + VUGA

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Article source: SADAR + VUGA

The new Butcher’s bridge concludes the arrangement of the Jože Plecnik’s covered market from the mid-1930s. It connects the market area on the Adamic-Lunder embankment with the new market area on the regulated Petkovšek embankment.

The proposal envisages a ‘house-bridge’ with three horizontal platforms. The lower, the upper and the canopy platforms determine two levels of covered space above the river. The dimensions of the platforms, 39×19 m, enable a continuation of both the market and the public event area on the lower and upper levels of the bridge. All three platforms are equipped with slender bell-shaped columns that alternatingly widen either downwards or upwards, tied to a homogeneous spatial structure. The columns are placed onto the platforms in two longitudinal rows, which leave open a central space on each level. The columns are set at a distance from all edges of the platforms so that the space between the fence of the platforms and the columns offers room for a three-metre passageway.

Butcher's Bridge

  • Architects: SADAR + VUGA
  • Project: Butcher’s Bridge
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Wijkeroogpark in Velsen, The Netherlands by Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Article source: Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

De Scheybeek rises in the inner dunes near Heemskerk. The lower reaches of the stream, made visible in the park, culminates in the Noordzeelanaal. The natural level of the brook lies about 30 cm. above ground level, approximately one metre above the level of the ditches in the surrounding polder. This artificial situation offers opportunities for nature and recreation, as well as being the starting point for the park design. The brook has been staged together with the new pedestrian and bicycle paths in the extended spaces in the park. A game of meeting and disappearing takes place between the visitor and the stream.

Wijkeroogpark

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Motril Footbridge in Granada, Spain by Guijón Arquitectura

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Guijón Arquitectura 

The proposal meets the pedestrian continuity between the gardens of the Explanadas and the Park Pueblos de las Américas, bridging the difference in height between these two areas and freeing the passage of the Avenue Virgen de la Cabeza, main entrance city traffic.

Images Courtesy of Pasarela peatonal

  • Architects: Guijón Arquitectura  – Angel Gijón Díaz, Vicente Guallart Furió
  • Name of Project: Motril Footbridge
  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Collaborators: Maria Diaz, Mónica Luque, Fernando Meneses, Daniela Frogheri, Andrea Imaz, Adrian Martin Munoz, Manolo Matin Munoz
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda, Pasarela peatonal

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