a multi-use bicycle bridge spanning 110 meters across the amsterdam-rhine canal in utrecht opens early next month. the design –commissioned by the city of utrecht– was by NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak architectenbureau. the unique structure integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a public garden, forming one single cohesive design that is suspended 9 meters above the water, with the highest point stretching almost 35 meters above the water.

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image above and here mastum daksystemen / maurice iseger

 

 

as well as NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak architectenbureau, the project also involved also firms arup and bureau b+b. once opened, the structure will naturally integrate into the environment and save more than 7,000 cyclists time on their route each day. simultaneously, the bridge connects the city in a new way; the bridge, school, and park seamlessly works with one another in an integral manner, becoming more than just a fast route from A to B.

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‘in one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape,’ tells marijn schenk, NEXT architects.

 

 

the bridge, 7 meters high, creates a unique shed to study under and the school with the recreational area are orientate towards the park. this is made possible by making the east side of the school, under the bridge, more narrow. the result is a private recreational area attached to the public park and an apparent, natural entrance in continuation of the street. the wide side of the school at the water complements the park and creates a safe enclosed space for the school children to play.

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