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Bridge Vrouwenakker
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DESIGNER
 
 
NIO architecten
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DESCRIPTION
 
Prayer of Shadow Protection
NIO architecten Bridge VrouwenakkerFor most bridges, whether they are fixed or moveable, an architect is not required. They are simply “engineered”, as they call it in professional circles, which results in functional constructions devoid of any poetry whatsoever. Unless it be big, prestigious civil works for which the necessary extra financial resources are reserved. That is why it is actually quite nice that for this relatively small bridge an architect was considered necessary, thus escaping civil engineering indifference.

NIO architecten Bridge VrouwenakkerDuring the design process we were inspired by the limbs of the praying mantis and the shape of the famous Jedi starfighter from Star Wars, but the language of this bridge corresponds most of all with the design of the pleasure boats that inhabit the Amstel-Drecht canal. It is truly amazing how many different types of these boats there are, every one of them very stylized.

We have made the bridge dark. The colour is something between green and blue, a bit like the water in Holland but more sparkling. The old bridge Vrouwenakker was white, as most bridges are. Why is that? Probably because white is a neutral colour, a colour that does not really express itself. In China white is the colour of death, a reason for us never to choose for it. This bridge is dark, a mysterious and yet elegant figure of which the contours slowly disappear when the evening falls.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Netherlands [Nederland]
Region
Noord-Holland
Town
Uithoorn
Address
Drechtdijk (Amstel-Drecht canal, Noordzuidroute/Vrouwenakker)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Transport buildings and structures
Bridges and walkways
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006    
Realisation
2008
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Robert Uhde, "Jedi Knights over the Amstel/Jedi-Ritter über der Amstel", Architektur Aktuell 355, oktober/october 2009 [Architektur in Bewegung/Movement. Architecture in motion], pp. 78-87
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CLIENT
 
 
Province of Noord-Holland
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 6,000,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
DHV
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STAFF
 
Design team
Sean Matsumoto, Maurice Nio, Giuseppe Vultaggio
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © NIO architecten
Text edited by NIO architecten
Courtesy by NIO architecten

NIO architecten Bridge Vrouwenakker Uithoorn



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