Royal Haskoning Architecten wins design competition for three bridges in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
The bridges will be built in ‘De Stad van de Zon’ (City of the Sun), which is an ambitious plan for an area in which there will be coordinated development of urban design, architecture and environmental aspects.
The area covered by the plan is divided into three zones which have much in common, yet at the same time preserve their own architectural identity. The different identities for the three zones are reflected in the design principles for the three bridges. An important feature of each of these bridges is diversity in form and use of materials, so that they blend naturally into their surroundings.
In order to give the designs strong ties to their locations, the connective function of the three bridges is integrated into the landscape in a natural flowing fashion. After construction of the bridges the area will thus remain one organic entity. Architects Joris Smits and Alessandro De Santis want these designs to portray the energy of a growing organism. The designs are snapshots of the linked movement between component parts. They reflect a moment in time during the generation process.
The City of the Sun is a city development on the south side of Heerhugowaard in the Netherlands. On an area of approximately 120 hectare, more than 2.900 houses and a number of facilities are built. The City of the Sun is interwoven with a recreational area, of more than 177 hectare. The author of the City of the Sun is Ashok Bhalotra of the urban development company KuiperCompagnons from Rotterdam.