A cocoon of wires and tubes

In the heart of the commercial zone Hoogtij in Zaanstad we designed the Hoogtij Park. The park connects the rural Overtoom in the north to the North-Sea canal dike in the south and offers lush green views and recreational space to the adjacent companies. Straight through the middle of the Hoogtij Park and across the canal and Westzaner road, a long bridge for bicycles and pedestrians has been built. Because of its central position in the plan, the bridge had to become an iconic structure with a striking silhouette, noticeable from afar.

Hoogtij Bridge Zaanstad | Royal HaskoningDHV

Hoogtij Bridge Zaanstad | Royal HaskoningDHV

The Hoogtij Bridge is conceived as a light-weight steel structure with slender legs and an overall length of 150 meters. The main span across the road and the water consists of a 60 meter single arc. Just above the deck level the arc splits up like a fork, thus making way for the cyclists. The moment of crossing of the water and the road at the highest point feels rather intimate due to the sheltering cocoon of cables that surrounds the cyclists.

Hoogtij Bridge Zaanstad | Royal HaskoningDHV

Hoogtij Bridge Zaanstad | Royal HaskoningDHV

ClientMunicipality of Zaanstad Period2003-2005
LocationZaanstad, The NetherlandsServicesArchitecture, Landscape Design, Project Management
ScopeLength 150 meter/ Width 4 - 11,5 meterTeamJoris Smits, Michael Rijk