Images by Jeroen Musch and NEXT Architects
Often, pedestrian bridges and walkways are, well, pedestrian. But the newly completed Melkweg Bridge in Purmerend, the Netherlands, is anything but. Designed by NEXT Architects, the bridge separates bicycle and foot traffic into two spans across Purmerend’s canal. While the cycling bridge winds sideways across its span allowing changing eye-level views, the pedestrian span occupies an elegant semi-circular arch, taking walkers high above the water and allowing long distance views across the town and the flat Dutch landscape.
The bridges link together two sides of town, the old city center and a new district, along the axis of Melkweg Road. Part of a masterplanning process, the new bridge serves as an integral part of the town’s expansion, and gives residents a new perspective on their neighborhoods every time they cross.