Three Bridges Over the Hoofdvaart
Haarlemmermeer The Netherlands
1999 - 2003

Photos courtesy Santiago Calatrava archives

Located immediately to the west of Amsterdamıs busy Schiphol Airport, the municipality of Haarlemmermeer is an area of rapid economic and urban development, centered on the town of Hoofddorp.
As part of its infrastructure planning, the Haarlemmermeer Council (Gemeente
Haarlemmermeer) decided to build three bridges that will be signature structures at the main crossings over the Hoofdvaart.

The three crossings the Council selected are Hoofddorp Junction, which marks the entrance to Hoofddorp, Toolenburg Junction, an important traffic junction in Hoofddorp, and Nieuw Vennep Junction, which marks the entrance to Nieuw Vennep.

Sharing common elements will allow the three bridges to be read as belonging to the same family of bridges. All three are cable-stayed bridges, and all three have a main steel pylon in the form of a spindle. The spindle varies its position, from vertical to inclined along the Hoofdvaart, as travelers pass from bridge to bridge.
The cable layout also varies from design to design, accentuating the importance and height of the pylon for each bridge.

The three bridges will enable the smooth flow of pedestrian, bicycle, and motor traffic on both the local and interregional level. The new bridges will also help to implement the infrastructure design for Haarlemmermeer and, at the same time, create a visual path along the Hoofdvaart.

Holland Bridges:
Bennebroekerweg Bridge: Total length: 148 meters Nieuw Vennep Bridge: Total length: 142 meters Toolenburg Bridge: Total length: 26 meters
Client: Gemeente Haarlemmermeer, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.