With the completion of the fly-over Waarderpolder, the city of Haarlem is now more accessible for motorized traffic coming from the north. The fly-over spans five infrastructural lanes, including the main motorway, the waterway, the railway line Haarlem-Amsterdam and the Veerpad.
The essence of the design lies in the single fluid horizontal line that shears its way across the landscape. The curved deck spans 200 meters and is carried by four autonomously designed pillars that are eye-catching due their characteristic expression. The pillars, with their asymmetrical form, literally respond to the centrifugal forces induced by the motorized traffic. The characteristic expression of the pillars is carried through into the design of the bridge edge and the light posts, resulting in a congruent design.
|Client||Municipality of Haarlem||Period||2008 - 2012|
|Location||Haarlem||Services||Architecture, Structural Design|
|Scope||2 lanes fly-over, 200 metres long in 5 spans of 40 metres||Team||Joris Smits, Merijn Poolman, Kees van Ijselmuijden|
Lead architect & bridge designer