Pixelated Bridge by Gianpiero Venturini, Diego Stefani and Gabriele Rovati

Pixelated Bridge by Gianpiero Venturini, Diego Stefani and Gabriele Rovati

Architects: Gianpiero Venturini, Diego Stefani and Gabriele Rovati
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Pixelated Mountain comes from the generation of a flat modular surface composed by 2×2 meters and 0.3 meters thick blocks, with its main characteristic being its adaptability to the different needs of the bridge in the most flexible manner possible. The bridge fits in the neighborhood taking into account its urban features, paying a special attention to the connections that will be created from the two banks: the one of the Hermitage museum, more public, and the opposite one, more private, typical of a residential district. The bridge creates a direct link with the Hermitage museum, almost as it would be an extension of the museum itself.

The side of the bridge that has to be linked to the Hermitage’s bank has width of 24m, having to face the mass of the museum that is a classical style building of around 13.000 square metres; in this side all the program that had to be included (according to design program) has been concentrated as well. The cafe and its facilities have been placed on the water level in order to create a strong relationship with the river and to be easily accessible for all the inhabitants of the city, tourists and disabled people; near the cafè we have also foreseen a little space to park and repair bicycles.

The Administration building is on two layers and it is the only volume that arises from the bridge. Close to this unit there is a space where people can repair their bicycle. Taking advantages of the bridge’s high, it has been decided to add panoramic terraces to have a different point of view on the surroundings. The opposite bank, which is in relation with the urban scale, is made by small terraces that, using the modules 2x2x0.3 meters and thanks to the fact that they are placed on different levels, creates a new and private environment, leading the people closer to the water and creating a cozy and personal relationship with the river.

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