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New Landmark Bridge in Amsterdam

Posted: Dec. 20th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
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A new landmark has popped out in the suburban Purmerlend of Amsterdam. A unique double bridge with a steep stair climb for pedestrians that offers a gorgeous view at its peak and an almost level cyclist and wheelchair rout that also may raise to let ships pass through.

In the usually very peaceful and provincial town of Purmerend, a suburb of Amsterdam, a very oddly shaped bridge has popped up. Designed by Amsterdam-based NEXT Architects, the extraordinary structure connects the new neighborhood Weidevenne with the old town center.

The aim of the architects was to let the Melkwegbrug, as it is called, connect both the old center with the new center. The bridge spans 66 meters over the Noordhollandsch Kanaal and consists of one part for pedestrians and another part for cyclists or wheel chairs. At itís highest point, the bridge is 12 meters above the water level.

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