Turbine Bridge is the competition proposal entry designed by Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz – DWAWU architects for Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition.
Turbine bridge is a connection between the traditional bridge and a hydroelectric power station. The rotating turbine is powered by river current and generates electricity. The bridge is self-sufficient and accumulates energy for additional needs.
Moving facade creates dynamic, living architecture between the historic area. Curved shape of the blades makes that water flows back to the river after emersion.
Turbine bridge is not only link between the two sides of the river. The idea was to create a multifunctional space on the Amstel River.
For this purpose, its shape is designed as a giant ship’s hull floating on the river.
Main level of the bridge is a public space with pedestrian and bicycle path. There is also cafe, bicycle repair and administration office. On the roofs of this functions there are leisure terraces with playground. Plant rooms, turbine engines and storage are located underneath the deck.
The characteristic shape of the bridge, referring to hourglass, is formed by the flow for a boat in the middle of the Amstel canal. In the centre of the bridge there is a meeting point for different decks and paths. A sustainable multi-functional watermill may reflect the ecological lifestyle of Amsterdam city.