Purification Footbridge Design, Bridge Hermitage Museum Amsterdam
Water Purification Footbridge, Amsterdam : Concept Design
Proposal at Hermitage Museum Amsterdam – design by Margot Krasojevic
14 Aug 2012
CANAL Water Purification Footbridge proposal
Design: Dr Margot Krasojevic
Location: Hermitage Museum Amsterdam
Water management and it’s circulation is still the most important function of Amsterdam’s canals. I am proposing a footbridge which filters and prevents pollutants and water stagnantion, as windmills once did.
The main function of this footbridge is to help purify the canals and aerate the water in order to flush it through the city when the locks open.
The bridge offers a bicycle repair shop and a cafe open to the public, hydraulic pumps direct canal water through the series of filters embedded within the steel ribbed frames that wrap around the bridge, returning cleaner and less polluted water into the canal, most importantly deterring stagnant water by aerating it back into the city, bicycles are hoisted up into the frame waiting to be repaired. An orange water tunnel through the design holds a cafe, which has inner reinforced etched glass panels that give the feel of being underwater. The entire scheme is a piece of reclaimed land, a polder for people to sunbathe and relax, an urban beach.
The form of the proposed bridge follows a water vortex creating a current that takes the water out through open locks to the other side of the city. This helps canal sanitation in conjunction wth them being flushed 3 times a week. The bridge acts as a reservation for birds attracted to the cleaner water.
The design has been adapted from a water irrigation pump/bridge to be used in HoldenManz wine estate in Franschhoek, Cape Town. A bridge which filters water in order to irrigate the surrounding vineyards, the original design commissioned by the wine estate has been adapted to Amsterdam.
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