World's Most Spectacular Pedestrian Bridges
Rob ‘t Hart, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
This suspension bridge connects IJburg, a new district on reclaimed land, to central Amsterdam and a lovely waterfront park. Despite its no-cars policy, Nesciobrug functions as a key component of the city's transportation system. Stretching 2,559 feet over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal, it splits in two at each leafy bank; the forks add structural stiffness and create separate approach paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Quick Fix: The main span of the bridge was dropped in place by a crane and installed within 12 hours; the Amsterdam Rhine canal, an important shipping artery, couldn't be closed for any longer.