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Vlotwatering Bridge

Type: Bridge Location: Monster, The Netherlands Client: Municipality of Westland Floor area / size: 25 mtr Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek Haarlem (Frank Meijer, advisor) Special thanks to: Advisor ecology: Zoogdiervereniging (Herman Limpens) Start building: March 2015 Completion: October 2015 Status: Completed

2015-11-20 NEXT wins ARC15 Detail 2015-06-02 Bat Bridge with roosts built in concrete structure to be completed before winter 2015-03-05 Start construction of BAT bridge

The Bat bridge is designed to house bats in as many ways as possible. In the design we figured out that we could use the specific qualities of the mass of the concrete, the height of the construction within the deck and the railings for pedestrians and bicycles for bats as well. These spaces provide unique opportunities to house bats.

The construction consists of a concrete arch which spans 25 meters. The mass of the concrete provides a stable and pleasant climate for bats. The bridge has three specific bridge components that provide roost for different bat species. At the north side the abutment functions as a winter stay​​. The deck and the brick balustrade accommodate stays for bats during the summer. The bridge design is intended to constitute the ideal habitat for various species of bats, so that a large colony will grow around the bridge.


Bicycle bridge Utrecht

Type: Bicycle bridge, public park and school Location: Oog in Al, Utrecht / NL Client: Municipality of Utrecht Collaborator / associate: Rudy Uytenhaak Architects Floor area / size: span 110 mtr

2015-05-27 Official Launch building phase

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 intensely 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.

The roof garden is an essential element between the different programmes. The garden is a continuation of the green environment on the roof, it offers extra space for the school to enjoy and creates a natural distance between the school and the cyclist.

In a wide angle cyclist are lifted up from the park, guided around the perma culture garden on the roof of the gym of the school, and lead through the trees, with a panoramic view over the canal. Flanked by water, the cyclist rides between an interweaving design of cables toward a lean gateway to safely land in Leidsche Rijn.

Anacostia Landing

Type: Bridge Park Location: Washington DC | USA Client: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Competition: 11th Street Bridge Park

2014-07-01 WRT Design & NEXT architects joint team present their ideas for DCBridgePark 2014-05-28 11th street bridge Finalist!

Anacostia Landing is a 25-acre park centered on the Anacostia River, gateway to historic Anacostia and extraordinary perch from which to view the District of Columbia’s emergence as a waterfront city. Together with Wallace Roberts and Todd NEXT created Anacostia Landing for the 11th street Bridge Park in Washington DC.

The existing 11th Street Bridge’s multipurpose trail already provides a very adequate pedestrian and high speed bike route between Capitol Hill and Anacostia. Anacostia Landing supplements this existing connection with a different and engaging experience emphasizing congregation, education, and play.

The River Balcony stands as a singular element, seemingly floating in space and attached to the 11th Street Bridge by three narrow points of connection. Perched 30 feet above the river, the balcony contains a children’s play garden, a skim pool, a stepped amphitheater, and a three-story community and education center.

The billowy canopy above will be an eye-catcher, yet, like a noble and grand old tree, it fulfills multiple and vital needs: providing shade, funneling prevailing breezes, supporting greenery and solar panels, framing public art, and creating the setting for gatherings, frolic, and play. As the centerpiece of the design, the River Balcony will stand as a symbol of creative sustainability, contributing to Anacostia Landing becoming a 21st Century model of ecological place-making.

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Dragon King Kong Bridge

Type: pedestrian bridge Location: Changsha Meixi Lake District, China Client: Changsha Meixi Lake Industrial Co. Ltd Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water, Jiang Xiaofei, Luuc Sonke, Michel van de Velden Floor area / size: 185 mtr Start building: 2014 Status: Under construction

2015-03-04 NEXT Beijing about the future of architecture in China 2015-03-03 QI QI GUAI GUAI - NEXT IN THE VOLKSKRANT 2015-01-14 THE BRIDGE CHANGSHA CHANGES COLOR 2014-11-05 On schedule... 2014-10-17 last piece of the jigsaw puzzle 2014-09-01 Dragon King Kong Bridge assemblage 2014-05-31 The NEXT Big Thing: the beauty of bridges 2013-11-01 NEXT wins international competition pedestrian bridge, Changsha Meixi Lake

The bridge is more than just a connection. It is the key project for the development of the public space of the river park in the Meixi Lake District besides Changsha capital of Hunan province in China. It will be the icon on the recreational and touristic light street along the Dragon King Harbor River. Construction is scheduled for next year.

The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring. On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art. 

With a total length of 185 meter and 22 meters heigth, the bridge connects a diversity of routings on different heights. The iconic appearance contributes to the developing identity of the area and with its lighting contributes to the whole light routing along the river. It provides both a view on the Dragon King Harbor River as well as Meixi Lake, Changsha and it surrounding mountains.


Type: Bridge Location: Purmerend Client: Municipality of Purmerend 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: Realised

2014-07-11 Melkwegbridge Iconic Awards 2014 Architecture Winner 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: Bridge Location: Nijmegen Client: Municipality of Nijmegen Construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA) Start building: April 2014 Completion: September 2015 Status: Under construction

2015-07-15 Ruimte voor de Waal sunny overview 2014-11-25 Outlines of Citadelbridge visible 2014-06-27 First prefab elements of pillars Citadelbridge placed 2013-01-22 Start construction 'Ruimte voor de Waal' Nijmegen

The global climate change and urbanization leaves us a new challenge. More and more the rivers that cross The Netherlands show peaks in their water levels. There is an increasing risk of flooding. Therefore a Nationwide project started to rearrange the floodplains to give way to the amount of water.

The Citadelbridge in Nijmegen is part of this program. By creating a bypass for the river, the Waal, a new island, Veur-Lent, emerges. The bridge connects the island and the northern riverbank. Its location, in the floodplain, makes the bridge -partially- submerge in the water a few days a year, with a average fluctuation of about 5 meter. This particular property we used as one of the main design principles for the bridge. With its steppingstones the bridge attracts people with high tide and will make people wonder when there is no water at all. 

The curved bridge becomes an integral part of a path structure in the 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 disappear 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.

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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: 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.


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Bridge Collenstaartweg

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. 

Bridges Enschede

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.