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Paleisbrug pedestrian bridge doubles as park in the sky


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Sweet, petite, why don't we do this here? 

A new bridge in the Netherlands is designed to do more than get people from A to B. The Paleisbrug, in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch, is a raised park, pedestrian bridge and cycle-link all in one. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the bridge joins the city center with its newly-developed Paleiskwartier district, which is home to the city's court building, university buildings, homes and offices.

  • The weather-proof steel used for the Paleisbrug should give the bridge a lifespan of over 100 years
  • The Paleisbrug is a raised park, pedestrian bridge and cycle-link
  • The Paleisbrug provides 2,500 sq m (26 900 sq ft) of park-like space
  • The Paleisbrug has four lanes, each 2 m (7 ft) wide, that alternate between flower beds and paving

Much of the surrounding area is said to remain undeveloped, due to having been flooded as a means of defending the city during the Eighty Year War. The bridge's location had the potential to provide excellent views of this now open, green area known as the Gement and, with this in mind, it was designed to be a destination in itself.

I'm scratching my head. Why DON'T we do this here?

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