Zouthavenbrug, Amsterdam, Holland

Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Date Built
Completed 2004
Amsterdam's Eastern Docklands
The Zouthavenbrug provides pedestrian access across an arm of the IJ River to the Muziekgebouw, Movenpick Hotel and the Passenger Ship Terminal.  In relation to the latter it is perhaps appropriate that the bridge bears a strong resemblance to a gangplank.  Only the handrail is visible above the pedestrian pathway but below a 200 foot long system of 21 steel trusses and tension cables supports the bridge.  Similar in design to London's Millenium Bridge across the Thames, this one uses shock absorbers to minimize the vibration created by pedestrians.