For most bridges, whether they are fixed or moveable, an architect is not required. They are simply “engineered”, as they call it in professional circles, which results in functional constructions devoid of any poetry whatsoever. Unless it be big, prestigious civil works for which the necessary extra financial resources are reserved. That is why it is actually quite nice that for this relatively small bridge an architect was considered necessary, thus escaping civil engineering indifference.
During the design process we were inspired by the limbs of the praying mantis and the shape of the famous Jedi starfighter from Star Wars, but the language of this bridge corresponds most of all with the design of the pleasure boats that inhabit the Amstel-Drecht canal. It is truly amazing how many different types of these boats there are, every one of them very stylized.
We have made the bridge dark. The colour is something between green and blue, a bit like the water in Holland but more sparkling. The old bridge Vrouwenakker was white, as most bridges are. Why is that? Probably because white is a neutral colour, a colour that does not really express itself. In China white is the colour of death, a reason for us never to choose for it. This bridge is dark, a mysterious and yet elegant figure of which the contours slowly disappear when the evening falls.