Amsterdam, NL

International Architectural Competition Entry


The concept is derived from Amstelredamme indicative of the city’s name origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Due to several flood disasters Holland is strongly associated with retaining structures.

The legibility of form of a natural/sustainable dam such as a beaver’s dam challenges the brief. The morphological flexibility of the two, bridge and dam are combined to produce a design harmoniously linked to context.


A bridge is conceptualized as a connection between point A and B or more and is usually materialized as a route, to overcome obstacles, gaps, natural and artificial barriers and elements.

A dam offers a connection between two or more points to act as a threshold, a barrier – to obstruct, oppose, regulate the flow (of mass?), to slow down. It offers a temporal “solidification” of moving elements.

The project focuses on issues involving the relationship between the type of bridge and dam(natural) within terms of geometry and functionality. It blends the architecture of a dam and a bridge negotiating a potential “violent” formal conflict. The flowing line of the bridge instructed by the movement of the people in a formal conflict/dialogue/opposition to the ambiguous yet rigid geometry of a natural dam.

The self-referential autonomous types are combined and implemented with a new architectural program to address fragments of Amsterdam’s history and give them a sense of reappearance and continuity and in extent to imply a direct connection between the proposal and the city, and its urban context.