New Bridge over Duivendrechtsevaart Amsterdam
March 10, 2020
VenhoevenCS is proud to be selected to design the new bridge over the Duivendrechtsevaart Amsterdam. This bridge will become the entrance towards the new city quarter Amstelkwartier. The location is striking: within the city ring of Amsterdam, in an urban area, but also at the tip of the Amstelscheg, one of Amsterdam’s green buffer zones. Bridge Duivendrechtsevaart will connect the new quarter with both the city and nature and contributes to the ecological network of Amsterdam.
The new bridge forms an important link within a fine-grained and pleasant network of slow traffic and the design is adaptable for upcoming developments in modes of transportation. However, Bridge Duivendrechtsevaart is more than a bridge, it will also be a meeting place: the bridge will stimulate the site and is prepared for future activation of the quays on both sides of the Duivendrechtsevaart.
Within the tradition of the Amsterdam bridges, the Bridge Duivendrechtsevaart has a recognizable silhouette with two strong bridgeheads, connected through a fluently shaped bridge deck. The rich details and materials are in line with the Amsterdamse School tradition. The materials are high in quality, sustainable, easy to maintain and will only increase in beauty by the course of time. Additionally, the used materials can be reused again after the lifespan of the bridge.
Several openings in the bridge deck provide the entry of daylight to improve the atmosphere underneath the bridge. The design also provides plenty of spaces where animals that have become relatively rare in the city, can create hiding spots and nests.
We are looking forward to design the Bridge Duivendrechtsevaart as part of the ambitious area development of the Amsterdam Amstelkwartier and make this project an important intersection of biodiversity.
Team: Mobilis | TBI, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, Smartland
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