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Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 November, 2012
Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects
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From the architect. The Melkwegbridge, a continuation of the Melkweg, is part of the Kanaalsprong master plan and connects the Weidevenne district to the historical city centre.To conform to the angle of inclination requirements with regard to bicycle and wheelchair traffic, we needed a length of over 100 m.

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Courtesy of NEXT Architects

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 12 m 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.

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Courtesy of NEXT Architects

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.

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Alexandre · December 05, 2012

A Zig zag and stairs that go all that height? Poor pedestrians.
Besides that, it a wonderfull design!

delta perdana · November 30, 2012

zigzag? are you kidding me guys?

Patrick H · November 26, 2012

I'm surprised by the negative comments. This is a clever solution which retains the historic path while providing contemporary functionality. It also turns a utilitarian object (bridge) into a landmark and point of civic pride. Thumbs up from me.

Tsukiyo · November 24, 2012

Projects like this make me think, if a conceptual idea is good, can it be approved disregarding the actual benefit it has to its context.

Pierre · November 23, 2012

Wow, I would love to live and work for a city that can afford two bridges at the same exact location...

Sam75 · November 23, 2012

What a joke


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