Project Team: Mariana Popescu, Mihaela Radescu, Ovidiu Stanciu, Dimitrie Stefanescu
The competition’s assignment was calling for an iconic bridge over the Amstel river in front of the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam. Out of a contextual analysis, we derived our priorities as being the expansion of the public space in front of the museum by speculating the most prominent local assets present of the river, namely the house boats. The iconic nature of the project is seen as an emergent feature resulting from both the geometry of the bridge as well as the socially enabled functional potential.
We see Amsterdam as a city of differences at a small scale which emphasize its local realm. Houseboats represent a specific way of living which could better highlight the local and embed a fruitful cultural echange between the visitors and Amsterdam’s way of living.
Sustainability is a rather over-used word in relation with materials, energy harvesting, etc.. Our approach focuses on social sustainability, by which we refer to an intensification of the interactions between locals and tourists. The bridge acts as a vibrant cultural environment from which both public and private actors can benefit.