Wednesday 21 March, 2012

‘The Rink’ Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / Kamvari Architects


Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

The approach for the Amsterdam pedestrian bridge by Kamvari Architects challenges the basic principles of a bridge as their design takes on a completely new form as it attempts to create space by looping across the river. They hope that ‘The Rink’ will become a new icon in the city by becoming an active and public node within the city fabric. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

Bridges should do more than simply connect. The Rink serves primarily as urban space and a public realm and then as a bridge connecting the two sides of the Amstel River. It creates social and public space on the banks of the river as well as extending this onto the river itself.

Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

This loop extends the limited public realm outside the museum onto the river itself, it also preserves and highlights the museums entrance form across the river. The geometrical definition also allows the bridge to become more of a function space creating different strips with activities such as, ice-skating, rollerblading and cycling.

Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

The geometry and formal approach draws inspiration from Holland’s rich history in speed skating and cycling and attempts to provide users with the opportunity to skate across the Amstel in a new and exciting way. The multiple layers of function turn the Rink into a destination rather than a crossing point.

Architects: Kamvari Architects
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Competition: [AC-CA] Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge Competition
Project Director: Omid Kamvari
Project Team: Nikoletta Poulimeni , Frase Leach_Smith, Nazanin Behboodikhah, Mona Mirzaie, Shiva Jabarnia

'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (1) Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (2) Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (3) Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (4) Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (5) plan
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (6) diagram 01
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (7) diagram 02
'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal (8) diagram 03

'The Rink' Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / Kamvari Architects originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 20 Mar 2012.

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