The canals and bridges of Amsterdam are as typical a symbol of the Netherlands as are its museums and art centers. Linking the city’s distinct neighborhoods through an intricate, slowly evolving web, these structures – some of which date back more than 350 years – help bicycles, scooters, locals, tourists, cars, horses, cats and dogs across its roads and over its waters. The very famous and different city bridges like Magere Brug, Nesciobrug, Torensluis, Hogesluis, and Blauburg etc. offer a view of different cityscapes through their eyes and ears.
The aim of the competition is to design an iconic pedestrian bridge in the heart of Amsterdam that will also function as an art gallery, performance venue, and a very dynamic public space. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for a European capital city.
Innovate and redefine the aesthetic approach towards designing a bridge.
The competition asks the participants to reinvent the structure of a bridge as a sculptural and artistic expression so that it complements the landscape. Participants are encouraged to invent innovative contemporary structural systems for the bridge that add an architectural twist to the very basic functional design of the bridge. The aesthetic quality, materiality, volume, and form of the bridge should add vitality, beauty and a sense of identity to the structure.
Insert the aspect of a museum/gallery space on a pedestrian bridge to promote art as an inclusive expression and increase the overall vitality of the bridge.
The competition seeks the creation of a museum/gallery experience in a new format by inserting the function on a daily use bridge structure. The idea is to involve and surround daily users of the bridge in an artistic dialogue rather than it being enclosed in a pre-defined space. The bridge-gallery prototype will be an important cultural landmark, giving an extra dimension to a ‘basic functional space’.
Enrich community life by injecting, activating and rejuvenating the public space in and around the pavilion.
The bridge should become an important landmark and reference point for the inhabitants and visitors of the city, a space that is integrated into the natural environment and that is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of activities in and around it. The bridge should rejuvenate the public life in the city and connect people in a more meaningful manner.
You can download the detailed briefs (including other information and reference material) here.