OctoPussy – Fusing Residences into Traffic



Name: Maarten Douwe Bredero

Nationality: NL

Institution / Company: Technical University of Delft, University of Calgary


-FINALIST of Amsterdam Cycling Bridge Competition




As a rebellious swirl across the water, this multi-arm Octopus is envisioned as a Woman’s Body.

Maximum Accessibility comes with four spread-out limbs, potentially reduced to two.

The  ‘Coulissen Landscape Arm’ guides the IJ Plein quarter, while the river crossing connects to the existing harbour.

A Comfortable Urban Square on ‘Kop van Java Eiland’ unfolds, resulting in a secluded yet open new neighbourhood adjacent to Hotel Jakarta.




Primal is a comfortable ride (5%); climbing safely as a pleasant tour. 

Halfway the span, cyclists choose the appropriate arm.

A maximum free shipping space remains with the height of 24m.




The corridor maisonette blocks are oriented towards open water and have attractive façades towards the inner-square.

The slender deck and open corners create minimal optimal mass in this fan-design bridge.

Blocks and bridge have identical white pigmented concrete pilotes, facilitating public lighting.




Cost reduction comes with standard elements: single as beam, mirrored as support.

The cable-stayed bridge made of steel, the approaches of maintenance-free concrete.

Construction wise, the latter elements entail continuous girders on struttle bars.

Pre-stressed concrete allows an ideal girder cross-section, accounting for 1/24 of the span.


‘The woman body redefined, what else is there to be designed’


#Infrastructure #Urbanism #Accessibility #Public Space #Housing

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