Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects
and Rietveld Landscape

| 21 comments

Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects and Rietveld Landscape

We've got a thing for criss-crossing bridges at the moment so here's another one, this time designed by NEXT Architects and Rietveld Landscape for Amsterdam.

Update: see photos of the completed bridge in our later story here.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Called Melkwegbridge, the design separates pedestrian traffic from cyclists and wheelchair users.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Pedestrians cross over an arc to afford views from the summit, while the path for those on wheels zig-zags agross the water in order to achieve the required length to create a gentle slope between the banks of different heignts.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

The lower deck with split in two and both parts will revolve to allow boats through.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

See also:

Nanhe River Landscape Bridge by WXY Architecture
Pearl River Necklace by NL Architects

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Here's some more information from NEXT Architects:


The Melkwegbrug (Milky Way Bridge), a continuation of the Melkweg, is part of the Kanaalsprong master plan and connects the Weidevenne district to the historical city centre of Purmerend, north of Amsterdam.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

To conform to the angle of inclination requirements with regard to bicycle and wheelchair traffic, we needed a length of over 100 m.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

We therefore decided to separate bicycle and wheelchair traffic from pedestrian traffic.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

Pedestrians cross the canal by a high arch, reach a height of over 12 m and stand a chance of a vista: the connection between the old and the new becomes perceivable here.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

The bridge thus becomes more than just the fastest possible crossing, it becomes an end and an attraction in itself.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

Because pedestrian traffic and bicycle traffic are separated, the footbridge can continue the direct line of the Melkweg in the direction of the centre.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

The bicycle bridge coils over the water to create sufficient length to limit the angle of inclination of the bicycle path.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT architects and Rietveld landscape

Click for larger image

The section that opens is divided diagonally and consists of two revolving bridge decks.


See also:

.

Pearl River Necklace by
NL Architects
Nanhe River Landscape Bridge by WXY Trestles Beach footbridge
by Dan Brill Architects
| 21 comments

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 12:45 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Michael

    hmmm… nice.
    seems to be a lot of these lately, I guess a project this size fits everyone’s budget at the moment.

  • Dan

    Nobody will cross above.

  • http://netzfx.de Oliver

    great concept … separate bike from walkers – no trouble – cool!

  • KaptnK

    I suspect you’ll find all the pedestrians on the cycling deck, that’s a very steep set of steps!

  • phut

    a lot of bridges in dezeen lately. btw, nice.

  • edward

    Very elegant with graceful curves. I would have liked to know something of its construction materials.

    • http://www.vsf.nl Jack

      Edward what would you like to know about its construction materials. I'm working for the contractor of this bridge so may be we can help you.

  • Davide

    nice only if you see it from above
    (which is not the most common way of looking at a bridge)

    confusing for the cyclists (you have to invert direction twice)

  • http://www.troubleinxanadu.com troubleinxanadu

    I pity the poor wheelchair user who has to share that bridge with the inevitable speeding maniac cyclists.

  • peeween

    how redundant! for pedestrians tons of stairs and bikers making a detour- if at least the design was cool..

  • Martin

    why so high?

  • m

    @comments on whether or not pedestrians will use the bicycle path

    I think the bridge makes sense. In my experience pedestrians are not lazy for height but for distance. For cyclists it is the other way round – distance does not really matter but height does.

    And in general – cyclepaths have quite a lot of traffic, especially in Amsterdam, so it´s not a pleasant ´shortcut´ as a pedestrian

  • michelalano

    Seems like the cyclists would benefit more from a straight path and the pedestrians would want more of a meandering “scenic” route. I don’t know how populated the area is, but it looks like most crossers will be using the low route, possibly causing congestion. It would help a lot if they lowered the upper part just a little…

  • willem

    hahaholland: a few famous bridges in the world are more than purely functional. but even these great bridges are always crossing the water in the shortest possible way …

  • http://bujatt.com bujatt

    nice curves but questionable concept.

    their is no fast passage of this bridge for pedestrians. either unnecessary extra distance to walk or steep stairs to climb… no good choice.

  • tanya telford – T

    i like this bridge, seems to make sense for pedestrians & cyclists and boats out and about or even leisurely in the evening,

  • kosovat shaqiri

    This bridge is just marvellous indeed, dispite the fact that: the high of it might not been properly exposed to the environment perceptions – anyway it looks gorgeous!!!

  • boebsie

    It’s interesting but like others stated not really practical for pedestrians.

    And i am really curious wich part of Amsterdam they want to build this bridge. Becease this bridge is really like a statue and i wonder if the area really needs a landmark? Maybe so…

    Like others i appreciate the the idea behind it and i like it, but it’s maybe overdesigned for my taste. They could have done this more subtle… but then again it really depends on the area.

  • Chris

    the pedestrian part reminds me of the bridges in Venice

  • pmurd

    @ Dan…

    I would walk above. 100%…Good Look Out, Chill spot or Photo Location.

  • ivan ventura

    It was made just to look good. And by the way, from the bird’s-eye view they complicated what could be so simple.