“The Rink” Pedestrian Bridge by Kamvari Architects
Project: "The Rink" Pedestrian Bridge
Designed by Kamvari Architects
Project Director: Omid Kamvari
Project Team: Nikoletta Poulimeni, Fraser Leach-Smith, Nazanin Behboodikhah, Mona Mirzaie, Shiva Jabarnia
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlans
Pedestrian Bridge proposal design for a location in Amsterdam coming from the Kamvari Architects studio. Discover the rest of the project along with architects description after the jump:
From the Architects:
“The Rink”. Bridges should do more than simply connect…
The Rink serves primarily as urban space and public realm and then as a bridge connecting the 2 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.
Our approach challenges the basic principles of a bridge, Here the bridge takes on a completely new form whereby rather than the most direct it attempts to create space by looping across the river. 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, roller blading and cycling.
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.
The Rink will become a new Icon in Amsterdam by becoming an active and public node within the city fabric.