Jim Eyre
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Angus Low (Arup)
Gemeente Amsterdam
Grontmij, De Bilt
Tram 26, halte Vennepluimstraat + 20 min. lopen
Bron: Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos, Amsterdamse Architectuur 2003-2006, Amsterdam 2006, p.66-67.

Connection between the old and the new city

This bridge spans the busy Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and connects the city’s east side with Diemerpark and via this park with the new residential area IJburg.

With its slender form, the bridge slots elegantly into its surroundings. This form is thanks to the narrow road deck, which sweeps over the canal in a huge arc. The bridge consists of a 160-metre middle section and two approaches, which are 255 and 270 metres long respectively. These long approach routes provide an easy gradient for users. Pedestrians can ascend on both sides via a stairway. Cyclists reach the middle section via curling approach routes. On the other side of the water, the pedestrian and cycle routes separate. The middle section is suspended from two pylons, which stand on either side of the canal, by means of cables. A unique feature of this first suspension bridge in the Netherlands is that the bridge deck is suspended on one side only. (ARCAM/Bu)