Jan Schaefer Bridge

Amsterdam, 2001

Jan Schaefer Bridge

News: August 17, 2015

Photocontest SAIL Amsterdam!

From 19 to 23 August the Tall Ship event SAIL Amsterdam will take place. Since its first edition in 1975, SAIL Amsterdam has grown to become the largest public event in the Netherlands and the largest free nautical event in the world. Every five years, in excess of 600 ships navigate along the North Sea Canal before mooring in and around the IJhaven in Amsterdam. SAIL Amsterdam is organized this year for the ninth time. The Jan Schaefer bridge is part of the festivities in the IJhaven and literally offers a podium for SAIL Amsterdam. Restaurant Owner Sico de Moel of l’invité Le Restaurant has the unique honor of opening a restaurant with champagne and oyster terrace on top of the bridge deck during SAIL. A dream come true for both De Moel and architect VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism. The latter  designed the bridge to be more than just a traffic corridor, but also as a landmark and even an event in itself.   Therefore VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism and l’invité le Restaurant are organising a photography contest to capture this spectacular heart of SAIL Amsterdam!   Are you a professional or amateur photographer, and do you want your SAIL photo to be part of the publicity around SAIL (now, but perhaps also over five years)  then join the contest! Rules: – The Jan Schaefer bridge and / or l’invité le Restaurant on the bridge are in the picture – The picture was taken between 18 – August 21, 2015 (during construction or event) – You send in the high-res photo no later than August 21 16:00 to info@venhoevencs.nl – Photos can be used free of copyright, but with name credits – The winners will be announced on Friday August 21st, 2015 and will be invited to the champaign deck of l’invité le Restaurant on the Jan Schaefer Bridge on Saturday August 22nd at 17:00.   www.linvite.nl | twitter:linvite www.venhoevencs.nl | twitter:venhoevencs
Photocontest SAIL Amsterdam!

News: May 1, 2002

Jan Schaeferbridge published in Bouw

J. Crone, ‘Sneaky, Jan Schaeferbrug Amsterdam’, Bouw, nr. 5, 2002, p. 54-55
Jan Schaeferbridge published in Bouw

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Where ships were once offloaded, the eastern port area of Amsterdam has recently seen development. To provide access to Java Island while keeping the port accessible for inland shipping, a bridge was designed that had to have two sections that could open, in order to accommodate Sail Amsterdam – the tall ships show held every five years. The bridge was custom-designed for this situation. Its initial rise from the Piet Hein Kade is just steep enough to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross at quay level, while providing sufficient height for the inland river craft to pass. In addition to a monofunctionaltraffic bridge, it also offers multiple public promenadesand bicycle lanes for the local community.


Thus, the Jan Schaefer Bridge spans the 200-metre IJ port of Amsterdam, provides access to Java Island and extends the arterial road that runs from the city centre to the water. This route, which runs over theMariniers Bridge and underthe rail viaduct, culminates by passing under the old De Zwijger warehouse. It is at that point that the Jan Schaefer Bridge begins and the traveller suddenly experiences the expanse of the IJ River. The shape of the bridge generates a multiplicity of experiences. An intricate web of connections divides the bridge into separate flows of traffic; the climb and descent on each route has been geared specifically to the speed or slowness of the relevant mode of transport.

Name:Jan Schaefer Bridge
Location:between the Oostelijke Handelskade and Java Island, Amsterdam (NL)
Program:a 285 m fixed bridge across the IJ River for motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
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Assignment:schematic design, design development and aesthetic direction
Client:Amsterdam Development Corporation (OGA)
Team:Ton Venhoeven, Mirjam Galjé, Cas Bollen, Mark Linneman, Beat Ferrario, Paul Landman, Knut Kruse, Arjen Zaal, Matthijs Klooster

Marc Ruygrok and Aernout Mik (artists), Ingenieursbureau Amsterdam (engineer)

Images:Luuk Kramer, Jorgen Koopmanschap, P. Eelenbaas, Sjur Aartun, Roy del Vecchio, VenhoevenCS
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