This project was a competition entry for a pedestrian bridge on the Amstel River in front of the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam.
Referencing the nautical history of the Netherlands, the form is inspired by the wooden ribs of a ship. The laminated wooden ribs vary in size accross the bridge to accommodate a variety of programs. At each entrance of the bridge, the wooden ribs are high enough to act as a roof over a cafe and bicycle repair shop. As the bridge rises above the water, the ribs decrease in size to function as a handrail and allow for a view of the city.
Bicycle traffic is separated from pedestrians by a change in material from wood to laminated structural glass. The space between the wooden ribs allow for bike parking along the length of the bridge.