The Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects, a studio based in Amsterdam, is a striking X-shaped overpass that is deceptively simple. At first, people will look at the pedestrian crossing and see two basic paths intersecting each other in an interesting manner. But it is only until they take a closer look to discover the wave-like design of each path will they be truly impressed.
Cleverly, the Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects addresses two needs: one involving legs and the other involving wheels. One path, which happens to be the most inclined, is made up of stairs while the flatter one is smooth for bicycle and wheelchair traffic.
The Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects has been built in Purmerend, The Netherlands.
Pictures 1, 3, 5 and 8: NEXT architects
Picture 2: Piet Jonker
Picture 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10: Jeroen Musch