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Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Entry by Yaohua Wang Architecture
Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 |

In our last post, we published the winning designs of the [AC-CA]-hosted Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition. Here's another proposal that didn't quite make the cut with the jurors, but we are happy to publish it. The author is Yaohua Wang, who – in past articles – managed to polarize the opinions like nobody else.

Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Proposal for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition by Yaohua Wang Architecture (Image: Yaohua Wang Architecture)

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Proposal for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition by Yaohua Wang Architecture (Image: Yaohua Wang Architecture)

Project Description from the Architect:

Amsterdam bridge V is aware of the simple functionality and sculpture of a bridge. Therefore, every part of this design contributes to the unique aesthetic as seen in the spiral steel structure. The design includes two independent pathways, specifically for pedestrians and bicyclists, that run parallel to each other through the bridge.  These pathways meet at the center of bridge, which behaves as the functional hub.  This central location provides a sheltered space in which a slower pace can be obtained contrary to the fast movement surrounding the bridge.  Inside this hub, the elegant form of this bridge can be appreciated.

F117 jet fighter plane is an very interesting example about the relationship between performance and aesthetics. The unique form of F117 jet fighter plane came directly from the need of hiding from radar wave, rather than from air dynamic aesthetics. The Amsterdam bridge also tries to achieve this relationship. In this case, the idea is the relationship between structural performance and aesthetic. The spiral structure provides an unique structural ability, allows the bridge to span across the river, also allowing the tectonics of several layers of spiral surfaces to interlock with each other. Meanwhile, these interlocked surfaces and structures wrap around the function hub, provide shelter with openings.

The solar and wind power plants are constantly feeding energy into the program for the bridge. They reduce the bridge’s carbon footprint, also, they create a noise in its profile line.

Rendering (Image: Yaohua Wang Architecture)

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Project Details:

Architect: Yaohua Wang Architecture 
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Structural Engineer: Organization Group 
Program: Pedestrian Bridge, Cafe, Office 
Size: 200 m² 
Note: Design proposal

Find more renderings and diagrams in the project gallery below.

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Comments:
Tony Soprano
providence
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
The project has some interesting features. However, the way the solar panels and wind power are integrated looks a bit accessorized, like it wasn't part of the design but was instead slapped on after the fact

Chicago
Chicago
Friday, April 06, 2012
I agree. Doesn’t look user friendly, and doesn’t address site context at all. I honestly don’t know why its even posted on Bustler if it didn’t even get mentioned. I'm sure there are other projects that desever to be posted on Bustler.

Gol
Saturday, April 07, 2012
It is obvious that architect has not studied and analyses the site. and as Chicago mentioned does not address the city values!!!

Tony Soprano
Providence
Saturday, April 07, 2012
I don't know how site is an issue.
To be honest, the winners are not all that great either.

critic
Dallas, TX
Monday, April 09, 2012
what a mess! did the japanese debris wash up and form a bridge?

david
Monday, April 09, 2012
ornament & crime. 1908. adolf loos.

where is criticism nowadays?
most of the "wanna be's" + "starsystem" architects should dedicate themselves to sculpture, because it's what is going on!
most of the top known and newer's are playing with3D virtual "toys", showing happiness mood's that don't exist nowadays!

Anton
Amsterdam
Friday, April 13, 2012
Good grief! Elegant? God forbid that such a monstrosity would ever be approved at that location (or anywhere else in Amsterdam for that matter).

I know it's the 'in thing' to juxtapose butt-ugly creations with beautiful settings, but there would be a mighty uproar in the city if something like this were ever approved.

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