I-beam Bridge


Name: Stephen Good

Nationality: American (United States)

Institution / Company: None


-HONOURABLE MENTION of Amsterdam Cycling Bridge Competition


Project Description: Three I-beams are arranged to span across the North Sea Canal. The I-beam plays a clear structural role, but additional qualities are found by manipulating this structure. The I-beam shapes the pattern of pedestrian travel by dividing the bridge into two sides. The web of the beams bend and meander, stiffening the structure while making spaces for pause and rest on the bridge. The space of the bridge broadens, compresses and shifts as you move through it. Playfulness is found within the I-beam.


Supported by a single pier, the middle section of the bridge rotates to allow ships of any height to navigate the canal. Therefore the bridge does not need to be high above the water and maintains a straightforward connection to the land and the city. Small ramps on each end make a simple link between the harbor on the north bank and the green-space of Java-eiland.


#Framing, #Shifting, #Rotating, Beautification & Public Space, #Mobility: Boats, Ferries, Cargo

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