* Architecture: Turbine Bridge by DWAWU Wiercinski + Wrzeszcz
Posted by the editors on Sunday, 3 June 2012
Architecture: Turbine Bridge by DWAWU Wiercinski + Wrzeszcz: “..a connection between the traditional bridge and a hydroelectric power station developed by practice DWAWU wiercinski + wrzeszcz. the concept is to create a multifunctional space on the amstel river. the form is designed as a giant ship’s hull floating on the channel. the main level of the link is a public space with pedestrian and bicycle path, with a cafe, bicycle repair ship and administration offices. on top of these functions is the roof with leisure terraces and playground spaces. underneath the deck, the plant rooms, turbine engines and storage are located..the characteristic shape of the bridge, refers to an hourglass, that is formed by the flow of a boat in the middle of the amstel canal. in the centre of the structure is a meeting point for different decks and paths. the moving facade creates a dynamic, living architecture between the historic areas of the city. the rotating turbine is powered by the river’s current and generates electricity making the link self-sufficient and able to accumulate energy for the additional needs of the community. the curved shape of the blades allow the water to flow back into the river after emersion..” Striking form, social and sustainable sensibility..
image: courtesy of DWAWU wiercinski + wrzeszcz; article: Designboom