Yesterday in the DMA I referenced the amazing Melkwegbridge located in Purmerend, The Netherlands. But the bridge is so interesting I figured it deserved its own post. The most striking part of the bridge, designed by NEXT architects, is a massive arch which reaches a height of 12m above water level and stands in a continuous line with the Melkweg-road, thus offering an incredible view over the city. Bicycles and remainder traffic cross the bridge using the 100m long bicycle deck. This deck was designed as a pendulum over the water, so that the slope could be limited to a minimum.
The pedestrian bridge weighs 85 tons, consists of 130 steps and is supported by a steel arch. Both bridge sections flow smoothly into each other and form one whole. This unity is enhanced by the continuity of materials and colors. In the edges of the bridge LED lines are applied that follow the contour of the bridge and guarantees a spectacular view on the bridge even after sunset.