Bridges Borneo-Sporenburg

Panamakade, Kabelgastkade, Stokerkade
Oostenlijk Havengebied
Adriaan Geuze, Daniel Jauslin, Rudolph Eilander
West 8
Gemeentelijk Grondbedrijf Amsterdam
Bergum Staalbouw/Dekker
Bus 28, 32, 39, 43, stop Lloydplein
Bron: Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 2000-2002, Amsterdam 2003, p.76-77.

The architectural office West 8 designed the master plan for the peninsulas Borneo and Sporenburg. In order to connect the two, two bridges span the 93 metre wide Spoorwegbassin. The bridges date from 2001 and are real eyecatchers. The third bridge West 8 designed spans Borneo-eiland’s 25 metre wide inner harbour.

Bright red
The two long bridges are similar as regards design. Both have a sculptural character and, with their bright red steel frames, are recognizable from afar. The low, westerly bridge can carry bicycle traffic, while the easterly bridge, with its undulating spine and wooden planking resting on concrete, is suitable for pedestrians only.

This easterly bridge is clearly the most spectacular. Because of its height, pleasure craft are able to enter the harbour. Moreover, the bridge affords a wide view over the water and over the eastern section of the harbour area. Curved lamp posts, with aluminium brackets in the shape of outstretched seagull heads, reinforce the bridge’s dynamism.

Because the bridge coils up into the air like a snake, it is nicknamed the Anaconda or Python Bridge. The eye-catching bridges have even won an international award, the 2002 Footbridge Award (text: Arcam / Maaike Behm, photo: Jan de Wit)