Bridges in transition
The Windjammersingel in Ypenburg has a striking asymmetrical profile; the dwellings on the southern side are flanked by a brick quay structure, whilst the large corporate buildings on the northern edge are facing a green slope. The contrast between the urban and the green context, enhanced by the asymmetry of the location, was the starting point of our design for these four local-traffic bridges.
The bridges do not only emphasise the differences in the area, they also provide the coherence between the canals, the low-rise dwellings and the high rise, here and yonder.
The four bridges find their origin within the green slope; here the bridges have a massive appearance. Like an uprooted tree the deck springs forth from the earth, only to gently lie down on the quay beyond. The hourglass shape of the deck has a wider funnel on the side of the green slope. The curves of the deck bestow a fluent and dynamic character to the crossing.
The parapets of the bridges are segmented and tailored to a human scale within a fluent rhythm. The changing appearance of the vertical fissures enhances the clarity of the folds in the deck and make for a playful design.
|Client||Municipality of The Hague||Period||2007 - 2015|
|Location||The Hague, the Netherlands||Services||Architecture, Urban Planning, Structural Design|
|Scope||4 all traffic bridges||Team||Joris Smits, Merijn Poolman|