11/25/2012

Melkweg Bridge


Designers at Amsterdam-based firm Next Architects designed what is known as 'melkwegbridge', which is part of the Kanaalsprong master plan and connects the weidevenne district to the historical city centre of Purmerend, in the netherlands.  To achieve accessibility for all, designers had to construct two bridges, the second for bicycles and wheelchairs, needed to be 100 meters long  and coil over the water to create sufficient length to limit the angle of inclination of the path.  Citizens cross the canal by a high arch which reaches a total height of over 12 meters creating a connection between the old and new districts making the bridge more than just the fastest possible crossing, it becomes an end and an attraction.  The separation of the two paths allows the footbridge to continue the direct line of the melkweg in the direction of the centre.