Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Hermitage Plaza Bridge represents an approach where the bridge functions as more than a mere element of connection or path between destinations rather this approach yields a destination or place of its own being. Here the bridge performs as a plaza by addressing the space adjacent to the museum and providing integrated staging ares for the water taxi as well as the requested cafe and bicycle repair areas. The plaza bridge is futher activated through interactive lighting and operable tension membrane surfaces. These elements respond to the various densities and activites of pedestrians as they move through the bridge. This project additionaly serves an ongoing research initiative based in the integration of computational design and biomemetic principles. The use of voronoi subdivion has been incorpotated as a method of tesselation and surface subdivision. The technique in currently being investigated as notation for the mapping of contextual program into variable density patterns of distribution and has been observed in many naturally occuring phenomenon.