Bridge Amstelstroom

Amsterdam (NL), 2022



Bridge Amstelstroom 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 Amstelstroom will connect the new quarter with both the city and nature and contributes to the ecological network of Amsterdam.

The design of the bridge is adaptable for upcoming developments in modes of transportation. The new area asks for a fine-grained and pleasant network of slow traffic. Within this network, the new bridge forms an important link. However, Bridge Amstelstroom 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 Amstelstroom.

Within the tradition of the Amsterdam bridges, Bridge Amstelstroom 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.


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Name: Bridge Amstelstroom
Location: Amstelkwartier
Program: A nature-inclusive bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles.
Surface area: 2300m2
Assignment: Design & Build
Period: 2018-2021
Status: In Progress
Client: Mobilis | TBI, Municipality of Amsterdam


VenhoevenCS: Danny Esselman, Mateja Pipan, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Yann Tregoat, Tjeerd Hellinga, Louis van Wamel
Landscape architect:Smartland
Images: b1design