Latitude/Longitude: 52.3567, 4.97227
This cycle and pedestrian bridge is the longest in the Netherlands, spanning the Rijn Kanaal in the IJburg district of Amsterdam. The result of a close collaboration between architects and engineers, the Nescio Bridge provides a vital connection for residents of IJburg, a suburb built on recently reclaimed land north of the city, with the ‘mainland’. Simultaneously, it provides access to the extensive green space of the Diemerpark for the people of Amsterdam. The bridge has a clear span of 170m, providing the 10m clearance necessary for boats on the canal below. The long approaches at either end provide a shallow gradient for cyclists and other bridge users. Curved in plan, the bridge is designed to sit elegantly within the reclaimed landscape and to respect its unique ecological habitats. The first suspension bridge in the Netherlands, it is also Wilkinson Eyre’s first project in the country.
⇒ Architecture Guide to AMSTERDAM