ICONIC PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE – AMSTERDAM – 2016
A draw on the ground, bounded by the shape of the structure we are interested in, rises in order to create a closed form which then will be twisted around acentral axis. The structure which grows gradually, depending on a stable ratio,scales ending up to two peaks which are already defined by the isomerization of the total length. The structure vertically is full of void and solid elements which are placed every 40cm. If you ignore the inside of the structure, you can see the shape of the bridge. A second structure, an independent one concerning the construction, and contradictory to the first one concerning the morphology,because of its “flowness” , invades the normality of the split structure and creates the deck, the side lifts and the closed space to use. The constructive materials were chosen for their sustainability and that led us to create a wooden structure consisted by square sections which at their lower side are connected by a metal structure which ends up at the base of the main structure. The deck of the bridge was made with natural cast material, which on the sides falls back and creates constructed sits and two central hunches that accommodates the and creates constructed sits and two central hunches that accommodates the uses of the bridge. The shape of these two hunches, as well of the banks, is the result of the parametric design of the wooden squares.In order to maintain the unobstructed access across the bridge and to fulfill all of the “design for all” standards, the deck looks like natural continuation of the of the “design for all” standards, the deck looks like natural continuation of the ground. Creating a 2m wide line for the bikes across the deck, a side for the pedestrians is created with width at least 3m. In the center of the structure, a mechanic system is placed so that the deck and the wooden sides will be able to move and therefore create a way wider than 5m so that the boats will be able to float under the bridge across the canal.