EN NL
166

NEXT ARCHITECTS
Kauwgomballenfabriek
P. v. Vlissingenstraat 2a
1096 BK Amsterdam
Nederland
T → +31(0)20 4630463

CHINA
Emperor House #1101
136 Andingwaidajie
Dongcheng Qu
100011 Bejing / China
T → +86 (0)10 68080139

Office: info@nextarchitects.com
Press: pr@nextarchitects.com

Melkwegbridge

Awards
Iconic Awards 2014 First Prize, National Steel Prize 2014 Nomination, BNA Building of the Year Award 2013 Honourable Mention
Client
Municipality of Purmerend
Type
Bridge
Location
Purmerend, the Netherlands
Collaborator
Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur
Size
66 mtr span
Cost
Euro 6.000.000,00
Constructor
Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek

The Melkwegbridge, a continuation of the Melkweg, is part of the Kanaalsprong master plan and connects the Weidevenne district to the historical city centre of Purmerend.

To conform to the angle of inclination requirements with regard to bicycle and wheelchair traffic, we needed a length of over 100m.

We therefore decided to separate bicycle and wheelchair traffic from pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians cross the canal by a high arch, reach a height of over 12m and stand a chance of a vista: the connection between the old and the new becomes perceivable here. 

The bridge thus becomes more than just the fastest possible crossing, it becomes an end and an attraction in itself. Because pedestrian traffic and bicycle traffic are separated, the footbridge can continue the direct line of the Melkweg in the direction of the centre.

The bicycle bridge coils over the water to create sufficient length to limit the angle of inclination of the bicycle path. The section that opens is divided diagonally and consists of two revolving bridge decks.