Bridge control house Kattenslootbrug

Nassaukade – Kostverlorenvaart
Pieter Lodewijk Kramer
Publieke Werken
Gemeente Amsterdam

Bascule bridge and control house in late Amsterdam School style

Piet Kramer designed the Kattensloot house on Nassaukade just before he left the city’s bridges division in 1952 and it was the last bridge control building he designed, together with the bridge house on the Omval (N429).

This post-war structure is clearly more austere compared to its predecessors, this is evident in the simple roof form, the steel window frames and the use of steel plate in the balustrades. Still, the building displays features typical of Kramer such as the relationship between the building and the bridge parapet and the different brick patterns around the roof and window frames. The bridge is operated from a control lectern situated on the other side of the bridge. Next to the building Kramer designed a small terrace with seating. (ARCAM/space&matter)