bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge
bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge
jun 05, 2012

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge

‘amsterdam hermitage bridge’ by bureau SLA + arup, amsterdam, the netherlands all images courtesy of bureau SLA

a collaborative design by amsterdam-based architectural firm bureau SLA and engineering practice arup, the ‘amsterdam hermitage bridge’ crosses the amstel river to connect with the hermitage museum in amsterdam. the result of a design competition, the product is an experiment to break the convention of bridges as the designers have agreed the specified location does not require any infrastructure. operated by drawing upon an iPad, onlookers may manipulate the shape of the deck, opening it in steep, curvy, parabolic, wobbly or rational forms to accommodate the regular cargo traffic which would pass under the structure.

comprised of 90 interconnected elements, the deck is suspended from an overhead arch. in the resting position, the combined appearance projects itself as a stationary structure, but then the 90 meter span is changed with an individual motor which pulls each component. the opened state will resemble the digital drawing, with minor adjustments by the master computer to comply with technical regulations and functioning mechanisms.

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge bridge opened to allow the cargo route to pass underneath

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge vantage point from restaurant of the hermitage

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge bridge interior leads directly into the hermitage

explanation of the bridge design and structure from bureau SLA and arup’s project teams video of courtesy of bureau SLA

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge site plan

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge diagram of bridge operation

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge steps 1-2

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge steps 3-4

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge steps 5-6

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge (left) iPad showing bridge open (right) iPad showing bridge in the closed position

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge detail of bridge deck

bureau SLA + arup: amsterdam hermitage bridge engine

project info:

start design: february 2012 end of design: march 2012 span: 90 m design: bureau SLA, amsterdam structural design & engineering: Arup, amsterdam address: amstel 51, opposite of the amsterdam hermitage museum program: bicycle bridge, café, bicycle repair shop project team bureau SLA: peter van assche, jiri masek, ninja zurheide, monique philippo project team Arup: edwin thie, demis karagiannis

  • this a waste of resources; for what? just for fun.
    why not let people play with traffic lights; or full size train sets or air traffic control (or is that just terrorism)

    nicey says:
  • el diseño, es muy bueno, algo elocuente, muy estetico, y resuelven la problematica de elevacion magistralmente del camino peatonal, para el acceso de las embarcaciones.

  • it\’s simply impossible. Everbody knows that a right line is shorter than a curve…

    Matt says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,211 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine