Jan Schaefer Bridge

Amsterdam, 2001

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Jan Schaefer Bridge

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
Period:1997-2001
Client:Amsterdam Development Corporation (OGA)
Credits
Team:Ton Venhoeven, Mirjam Galjé, Cas Bollen, Mark Linneman, Beat Ferrario, Paul Landman, Knut Kruse, Arjen Zaal, Matthijs Klooster
Partners:

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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