New ways to see what a bridge can be , in the city of canals, where bridges are part of every day life, in many ways the bridge wether over water or land is an integral part of how we envisage and experience cites- from the heaviness and separation we experience under traditional freeway fly-overs to the feeling of lightness on a steel suspension pedestrian bridge over water- from bustler my own preference is for the 3rd prize from London with its flexibility and references to its historical and future context.
Three outstanding bridge designs have recently been selected as winners in theAmsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition. Hosted by [AC-CA], this open international competition called for proposals that would reflect contemporary design tendencies and also take into consideration the “urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for an European capital city.” The program for the 90m long pedestrian bridge also included a 100 m2-cafe, a 50 m2-bicycle repair space, restrooms, facility rooms, as well as 30 bicycle racks.
1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek, Spain
From the jury report: “The winning project was able to combine an iconic proposal with a real urban solution. A circuit bringing us to the heights or depths, a partially submerged Ring on an extraordinary equilibrium. It swims and at the same time threatens to fly.
It is a solution that engages the user to ponder on the decision of which path to choose: the underwater for a romantic and exploring passage or aerial for a bright and direct path – Ring of pedestrian and environmental activity.
At the moment, there are however no plans for this Iconic Pedestrian Bridge to be actually built.
Second Place: 2:pm architectures (Paul Rolland, Hans Lefevre & Matthieu Bergeret), France
From the jury report: “This is a very poetic and minimalist proposal, which in itself could be iconic for that very reason. The drama created by the scene of people walking over the canal elevated this project, reminiscence of the “Moses Bridge”, however a different kind of proposition. The floating principle of the bridge allows for very low impact, with a very high urban effect.
Third Place: Velorose + Heyne Tillett Steel (David Rosenberg, Tom Steel, Dominic Weil & Olivia Pearson), United Kingdom
From the jury report: “This project was executed cleverly with light-hearted humor and a rather risky approach. The Jury could not help but appreciated such a fresh and simple proposition capturing all the elements with an undertone of good and responsible citizenship.
The proposal is a rather organic and flexible bridge that grows and shrinks with time, need, weather or specific event. It is the activity over the water that creates the passage – a slow-living organic passage. The bridge lives and exists, thanks to the way the users approach and use the space, through the identity or activity that is going on around it.
This is not just a bridge but, in itself, constitutes a neighbourhood, a place or space constantly changing to meet the needs of daily life in the city.