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Dafne Schippers Bicycle Bridge

Team
Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Bart Reuser with Tara Steenvoorden, Jurriaan Hillerstrom, Mark Jongerius (all NEXT) and Rudy Uytenhaak, Karin Dorrepaal and Jonathan van Leeuzen (all RUA)
Client
Municipality of Utrecht
Type
Bridge
Location
Oog in Al, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Collaborator
Rudy Uytenhaak Architects
Size
span 110 mtr

At the border of the district ‘Oog in Al in Utrecht, the Netherlands, a bicycle bridge will arise over the Amsterdam Rijn canal, connecting the old inner city with the new district Leidsche Rijn. The bridge, 7 meters high, creates a unique shed to study under. In this design the landing of the bridge is combined with the development of the Montessori school at the Victor Hugo park.

In one fluent movement the bicycle route, park and school are joined together in a coherent infrastructure, building and landscape. The design challenges all the involved designers to intensly collaborate and clearly tune into each other.

The bicycle bridge, being positioned on the south side, creates space on the north side for a recreational area. The school and recreational area orientate towards the park. This is made possible by making the east side of the school, under the bridge, more narrow. The result is a private recreational area attached to the public park and an apparent, natural entrance in continuation of the street. The wide side of the school at the water complements the park and creates a safe enclosed space for the school children to play.