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First Prize

Phuchong Yamchomsuan, Boonjira Phaisitwanichkul, Sarit Rungtrakoolchai 

I Am Art, Not A Bridge

Bridges, by the concept of connection, have been invented to link two lands where people and cultures can be joined, creating new activities and exchanges. What if we connect them by curiosity, instead of a factual structure? Surprise is a key of the project. Hide-and-seek is an activity in the space. The bridge is then designed to be hidden underneath the river, while the main activity space emerges at the midst of the river, to arouse people’s curiosity. 

By perception, the new structure that looks floating can be seen from both lands but nothing lead people to get to it. The entrances are located at both sides but they are not either obvious. Thirst for knowledge will lead people discover other edges, paths, or spaces, thus the evoked people will explore their own ways to get there.

Amsterdam Art (hidden) Bridge is humbly designed in order to respect to the context of the city, thus the landscape beauty becomes a highlight, reflected on the water surface, embracing the floating art space. The underwater tunnel bridge, the central activity area, the river, humans and surroundings are bonded as a new relationship. People inside will see outside activities through the blurred water glass roof, while light and shadow will shine into the underwater space, reflecting movement of the river and the people, just like a city exhibition itself.


People will create various activities where in the midst of the river, presenting the relationship between the city, water and humans, expressing the character of Amsterdam.

  1. River level – Multi-purpose space

For outdoor activities: gathering, art performance, food kiosks, outdoor theater, swimming, etc.

  1. Underwater level – Art gallery

For indoor activities: interactive humans, water and the city exhibition, temporary art exhibition, leisure, etc.

  1. The tunnel bridge –

To connect 2 lands and lead the people to the art gallery