Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects

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  • Architects: NEXT architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  66
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006
Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects - Waterfront, Cityscape, Beam
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Text description provided by the architects. 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.

Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects - Waterfront, Beam, Cityscape
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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.

Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects - Waterfront, Beam, Handrail
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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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Address:Purmerend, The Netherlands

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Cite: "Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects" 23 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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