Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is said to be a city with heart. The polycentric city of Amsterdam has its heart and soul lying in its ring of canals and bridges that bind the concentric and infinite loop that the city is. The city is popularly called the ‘Venice of North’, for its more than one hundred kilometers of canals, around 90 islands and about 1500 bridges.

The canals and bridges of Amsterdam are as typical a symbol of the Netherlands as are its museums and art centres. The city has a very strong cultural and artistic identity. Amsterdam is the most important cultural and artistic centre to the north from Paris and between London and Cologne. Art galleries play a major role on the rich cultural scene of Amsterdam – along with theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, design centres, and periodical events such as cultural festivals and art fairs. Amsterdam is known for its heavy-hitters of art history – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh.  The city of museums is the one of the most important destination for the art-mappers of the world.

Architecture is also a physical manifestation and expression of art and there is no surprise that Amsterdam has become renowned as the City of beautiful Bridges. Linking the city’s distinct neighbourhoods through an intricate, slowly evolving web, these structures – some of which date back more than 350 years – help bicycles, scooters, locals, tourists, cars, horses, cats and dogs across its roads and over its waters. The very famous and different city bridges like Magere Brug, Nesciobrug, Torensluis, Hogesluis and Blauburg etc. offer a view of different cityscapes through their eyes and ears.

The aim of the competition is to design an iconic pedestrian bridge in the heart of Amsterdam that will also function as an art gallery, performance venue and a very dynamic public space. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for a European capital city.

Innovate and redefine the aesthetic approach towards designing a bridge.

The competition asks the participants to reinvent the structure of a bridge as a sculptural and artistic expression so that it complements the landscape. Participants are encouraged to invent innovative contemporary structural systems for the bridge that add an architectural twist to the very basic functional design of the bridge. The aesthetic quality, materiality, volume and form of the bridge should add vitality, beauty and a sense of identity to the structure.

Insert the aspect of a museum/gallery space on a pedestrian bridge to promote art as an inclusive expression and increase the overall vitality of the bridge.

The competition seeks the creation of a museum/gallery experience in a new format by inserting the function on a daily use bridge structure. The idea is to involve and surround daily users of the bridge in an artistic dialogue rather than it being enclosed in a pre-defined space. The bridge-gallery prototype will be an important cultural landmark, giving an extra dimension to a ‘basic functional space’.

Enrich community life by injecting, activating and rejuvenating the public space in and around the pavilion.

The bridge should become an important landmark and reference point for the inhabitants and visitors of the city, a space that is integrated in the natural environment and that is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of activities in and around it. The bridge should rejuvenate the public life in the city and connect people in a more meaningful manner.

The site for the bridge is located between the two iconic bridges of Amsterdam namely Blauwbrug and Magere Brug. The bridge will connect Amstel street on both the parallel edges of River Amstel.

The site for the bridge is located in an old cultural zone of the city where the users of the bridge will be overlooking Hermitage Museum on one edge and Collectie six Museum on the other. The participants will have the advantage of catering to the high density of locals and tourists in and around this area. The participants can enhance the already high cultural value of this zone with their design, but will need to treat and respect the context.

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Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st October 2017

Early Registration ends: 14th December 2017

Standard Registration starts: 15th December 2017

Deadline for Questions: 31st December 2017

Standard Registration ends: 14th January 2018

Closing day for Submissions: 15th January 2018

Announcement of Winners: 10th February 2018

Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).



Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate

Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate

10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.



Early Registration:

From 1st October 2017 to 14th December 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)


Standard Registration:


From 15th December 2017 to 14th January 2018


  • For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website




Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.

Send us the following details at to avail the offer.

  • Names of all the participating team members and their respective team leaders.
  • Name of the university.
  • School ID proofs of the team leaders.



It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.



In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ subject until 31st December, 2017. We highly recommend our participants to check the FAQ section on the website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process, fees or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.


Please make sure that your questions are already answered in the FAQ section.


Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

Founder/Principal Architect, AKKA Architects,

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Marc van Driest

Founder/Principal Architect, MARC Architects,

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Adrian Welch