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Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht

The long jump, sprint and heptathlon are the specific disciplines of Dutch track-and-field superstar Dafne Schippers. Broad spans, short paths and multifunctionality also characterize this bridge in Utrecht, which bears her name. The Dafne Schippers Bridge connects the western residential area of the city with the Leidsche Rijn urban expansion zone on the other bank of the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.

Next Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak have brought together three elements − a bicycle path, a park and a school − as a cohesive whole in their design. A section of the access ramp leading to the bridge, which forms a large hairpin curve, runs directly over the roof of the school. At the same time, it marks the separation between a public park farther to the north and the more intimate schoolyard.

Next Architects is an international architecture studio that has been working at the intersection of research and design in the areas of urban planning, architecture, interior design and infrastructure since its inception in 1999. Above all, the studio has made a name for itself with bridges and traffic infrastructure featuring added value in terms of both function and design.
The studio is based in Amsterdam; the branch there is directed by three partners: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk and Michel Schreinermachers. Since 2005, Next Architects has also been operating an office in Beijing under the leadership of John van de Water.

Further Information:

Structural engineering: ABT Delft (Brücke), Pieters Bouwtechniek (Schule)
Construction company: Strabag Nederland/Ippel Civiele Betonbouw (Brücke), KlaassenGroep B.V. Dinxperlo (Schule) Roelofs Den Ham (Außenanlagen)
Cost advice: Vitrivius Bouwkostenadvies
Technical advice outdoor facilities: Rod’Or Advies

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