Helixxx Bridge is an attempt of a pedestrian bridge designed with the latest instruments of computational design. The project program includes a new footbridge connecting the east to west bank of Amstel river on the Axis of the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, facilites and public spaces.
The starting point of the project is based on the span of the bridge (82 meters) and on the Hermitage Museum‘s inner courtyard dimensions. The repetition of the main section towards the Hermitage creates a grid of 25 planar elements, but to emphasize the access to the museum the last section is 90° rotated.
The helix is the perfect way to connect the sections with steel pipes, while the three ‘X’ created by the shape of the bridge symbolize the Saint Andrew’s Crosses of Amsterdam.
A continuous frontier around the planar sections defines the volume of the footbridge and underlines the path to the Hermitage; the frontier consists of two materials: the glass allows to enjoy the view over the Amstel river and the perforated ceramic panels let the air to enter, creating a microclimate into the bridge.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Amsterdam, NL
My Role: Project Leader
Additional Credits: [AC-CA] 03 Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Competition Entry