Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Contest, Amsterdam Design Competition, Netherlands Architecture

Helixxx Bridge, Amsterdam

Netherlands Crossing Competition Entry design by Eugenio Aglietti

Design: Eugenio Aglietti

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Helixxx Bridge Amsterdam Structure
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Amsterdam Bridge Competition Entry

11 Jul 2013

Helixxx Bridge Competition Entry

Helixxx Bridge is a proposal for a new iconic pedestrian bridge located in Amsterdam, in front of Hermitage Museum. The project program includes a new footbridge connecting the east to west bank of Amstel river on the Axis of the Hermitage, facilities, café and public spaces.

Helixxx Bridge Amsterdam
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The starting point of the project is based on the span of the bridge (82 meters) and on the Hermitage Museum‘s inner courtyard dimensions (a rectangle 55×48 meters). The proportions of the courtyard have been used as the geometric reference for the main cross-section of the bridge, able to bear the load of the deck and of the pedestrians. The repetition of the section towards the main entrance of the Hermitage creates a grid of 25 planar elements, each every 3,25 meters, connected by steel pipes. Finally, to emphasize the access to the museum the last section is 90° rotated along the center.

Helixxx Bridge Amsterdam
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The helix is the perfect way to connect the sections with steel pipes, while the resulting shape reflects the intention of giving an iconic peculiarity to the bridge. The three X of the helix symbolize the Saint Andrew’s Crosses: ‘Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate’. In order to follow the international convention of river transport, the deck has been pushed up so as to ensure the passage underneath the footbridge.

Helixxx Bridge Amsterdam
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A continuous frontier around the planar sections defines the volume of the footbridge and underlines the path to the Hermitage; the frontier consists of two materials: the glass allows to enjoy the view over the Amstel river and the perforated ceramic panels let the air to enter, creating a microclimate into the bridge.

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