109 X Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 2: Civil Structures 2 Winner Category 2: Civil Structures Short description │“Vluchthaven” Footbridge The moveable Vluchthaven footbridge connects the IJdock peninsula with the Westerdoksdijk, over a length of 105 m, while also providing access to the IJDock marina. The concept consists of a thick folded and shaped sheet of steel. The form of the deck is inspired by the elegant movement of a heron’s wings during flight. This also gives the deck, with a width of 4 m, its needed stiffness. The deck shape allows for better water management in regard to a series of openings on both sides of the bridge. Those perforations make a subtle reference to the water present underneath the bridge and enforce the relation between the passer-by and the bridge. The perforations also allow for subtle lighting integrated in the railing of the bridge. At a height of 15 cm, LEDs are embedded in resin at the base of each of the +1,000 posts. Project information Owner Gemeente Amsterdam Architect Ney & Partners General Contractor Vandermade bv Engineering Office Ney & Partners Location Amsterdam, The Netherlands Construction Period 05/2012 to 10/2012 Ney & Partners Contact Oswald Verbergt Address Terhulpsesteenweg 181 1170 Brussels, Belgium Phone +32 2 6432180 Email [email protected] Website www.ney.be Ney & Partners is a structural engineering consultancy, established in Brussels. Since its creation in 1997, the office has worked with a pro-active view on the art of engineering through the integration of the different civil works disciplines. This integration and optimisation of structural elements aims to overcome the classic hierarchic assembly of constructive solutions. Innovative bridges, roof structures and works of art developed by our office most clearly express this vision. The construction project quality lies in the synthesis of specific design constraints. The structural aspect is of primary importance to this synthesis. From the very beginning of the design process, Ney & Partners conducts constant research for advanced engineering integration. In doing so, our position as an engineering consultancy goes beyond the standardised dimensioning of predefined technical solutions. Ney & Partners currently employs more than 45 civil engineers, architects and draughtsmen.