Type: Bridge Location: Purmerend Client: Municipality of Purmerend Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers with Ronald Rietveld, Jurriaan Hillerström, Agathe Osika, Ieda Alvarez Dogo, Betty Aarts, Michel Mandersloot, Anne-Laurance Ricard, Tom van Alst, Ayelet Kamar, Agata Pięt Collaborator / associate: Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur Floor area / size: 66 mtr span Cost: Euro 6.000.000,00 Construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek Status: Final design
2013-02-27 Honourable Mention BNA Building of the Year Award 2013 2013-01-07 Designboom TOP 10 public spaces 2012 2012-10-04 Festive opening for the Melkwegbridge 2012-08-24 Lighting installed 2012-06-04 Highest point! 2012-04-26 Decks installed! 2012-01-20 under construction 2011-05-26 Breaking ground 2011-01-10 start construction 2010-02-01 Start Tender
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.
Type: Infrastructure, bridges and pumpingstations Location: Noordwaard / Biesbosch Client: Projectbureau Noordwaard | Ministerie I&M Collaborator / associate: H+N+S landschapsarchitecten Contractor: Ballast Nedam
The Noordwaard is one of the 39 major projects within the Ruimte voor de Rivieren strategy which focuses on controlled inundation to enlarge water detention capacity. The Ruimte voor de Rivieren strategy is a program of measures resulting from the desire to protect the Netherlands against a future increase in river discharge and surge, without primarily raising dikes. The Noordwaard in its present form is a polder where people live and work. By lowering the dike of the Noordwaard polder the area will become subject to controlled inundation and function as a dedicated water detention district.
By invitation of Ballast Nedam, NEXT architects co-operated with H+N+S landschapsarchitecten in the tender for the bridges and pumping-stations for the Noordwaard.
Type: Bridge Location: Nijmegen Client: Municipality of Nijmegen Team: Michel Schreinemachers, Marijn Schenk, Bart Reuser with Jurriaan Hillerström, Luuc Sonke, Maarten Vermeulen, Ingeborg Kuijlaars Construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA) Status: Preliminary design
The Citadelbridge in Nijmegen is part of the program Ruimte voor de Waal. It connects the new island Veur-Lent and the northern riverbank. The bridge has a recreational function, but is also suitable for emergency services. Its location, in the floodplain, makes the bridge -partially- submerge in the water a few days a year.
The curved bridge becomes an integral part of path structure in the urban riverpark. The bridge deck continues on land, path and bridge submerge. The transition between bridge and path is smooth and gradual. The longitudinal profile is asymmetrical, which makes the lower part of the bridge disappears at high tide. Then the dynamics of the landscape is most visible, the rising water becomes an attraction. Stepping stones, terraces and benches enhance the recreational quality of the bridge.
Type: Landmark | bridge, restaurant and viewing deck Location: Amsterdam Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers with Maria Teresa Durão Floor area / size: 350 mtr span Special thanks to: Quest Magazine Status: Sketch design
2008-07-31 New landmark for Amsterdam?
‘Why is it that Amsterdam lacks an architectonic icon like the Eiffel Tower’ questions Quest Magazine. Amsterdam is no city of ‘useless’ icons is the answer of NEXT architects. But it has potential for a strong gesture that binds north and south Amsterdam for good. Therefore NEXT designed in this context the Y-bridge in connection with the waterfront developments along the Y-banks and published in the July issue. Beside the connection of the centre with the developments on the North side of the Y, the bridge forms a square above the water with a great view of Amsterdam and its remarkable canals. The bridge has a span of approximately 350 meter and goes up to 50 meter concerning cruise ships to pass. This Y-bridge creates not only a relation with Amsterdam North, but moreover it transforms the Y to a town square. It is a new icon for Amsterdam and perhaps even for the Netherlands.
De Centrale As | Bat and bicycle bridge
Type: Bicycle and padestrian bridge Location: Heidstreek, Friesland, The Netherlands Client: Projectbureau De Centrale As Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Joost Lemmens, Jurriaan Hillerstrom, Pieter Mulder, Jurrian Knijtijzer and others with Frank Talsma Collaborator / associate: H+N+S Landscape architects Floor area / size: 130m length Construction: Witteveen en Bos Start building: 2013 Completion: 2015 Status: In progress
Constructing a new road in the Netherlands means that certain measures must be taken to protect endangered bat populations. Dutch policy on flora and fauna reflects this, ensuring disruption to their habitat is minimalized.
For De Centrale As we made use of artificial ‘hop-overs’ that were designed to guide bats across the highway at a safe height above traffic level. The success of this type of construction was recognised in 2010 by ecological consultants Altenburg & Wymenga and the Mammal Association who concluded that, with careful planning of the immediate surroundings, the intervention was effective. Within the masterplan of De Centrale As the artificial hop-over will be located nearby the town Sumar.
NEXT architects collaborated with H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten to design the hop-overs. However, the design was also referenced in other bridges of De Centrale As which are used by pedestrians and cyclists. This decision allows for a continuation in the formal language of the masterplan.
The design of the artworks is based on rural implementation. The objects have a strong and recognizable identity that includes gradient surfaces and diagonal structures. The steel construction is covered with wooden slats. The combination of grey wood and hard coal coatings create a special contrast with the surrounding trees that enclose the hop-overs.
Type: Bridge Location: Hulsen Client: Municipality Hellendoorn Team: Michel Schreinemachers, Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk withJurriaan Hillerström, Filipe Pocas, Ieda Alvarez Dogo, Wenhua Deng Floor area / size: 45 mtr span Cost: Euro 1.100.000,00 Construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA) Completion: September 2008
2008-07-30 deck installed
The Visschebelt is a nature conservancy project intended to return the Regge River to its original meandering path. The outlook-hill offering a panoramic overview of the new nature-area is linked to the new bridge. The bridge is comprised of a section for motor traffic and a section for light and low-speed traffic, such as equestrian traffic, small motorscooters and special vehicles.
Over the Regge, the bicycle- and foot-paths descend in the direction of the elevated outlook, so that the bridge splits into two parts. The eye-catching, triangular area created by splitting the traffic paths emphasizes the presence of and relation to the water. Aside from creating a surprising look-through space, the opening allows daylight to reach the usually dark spaces under the bridge, promoting plant growth.
Contrasting with the open and airy railing running along the outer side of the bridge, the safety barrier along the inner side of the bridge is a solid concrete wall, extending down past the surface of the roadway toward the river; the barrier is adorned with a bold graphic design.
The outer railing is detailed with graduated steel supports, tapering from a narrow top to a wider base on the outer side of the bridge. In this way, the edge of the bridge on the east side is rigid: the grates and railings are terminated abruptly. On the opposite side of the Regge, the west side, the bridge dissolves into the landscape through the more gradual lines of the grates and railing supports.
Type: Two bridges Location: Glanerbeek Client: Municipality Enschede Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water with Shaya Fallahi, Joost Lemmens Collaborator / associate: H+N+S Landschapearchitects Floor area / size: 20 mtr span Cost: - Contractor: Spijkerbouw Construction: ABT construction, Rob Nijsse and Jans Askes Start building: May 2006 Completion: December 2006
To reconcile the rather contradictory aim of transporting motor-vehicle traffic through the ecological zone of the Glanerbeek, the continuity of both is taken as a starting point. Above the brook the bridge transforms according to visual and ecological demands.
The bridge splits into three separate lanes – one each for bus, pedestrians and bicycles - and each assigned its individual artery the maximum available height, clearance and incline. This emphasizes its transparency, providing daylight underneath the bridge for flora and fauna, as well as a view of the Glanerbeek for passersby. A bench placed at the most advantageous overlook on the footpath combines the traditional function of the bridge as a point of transition with that of a meeting place.
The construction is based on a thin in-situ concrete deck, strategically positioned atop a repetition of gabions filled with rough stones. The use of gabions allows plants and wildlife to inhabit the structure, further integrating the bridge into its natural surroundings.