When built in 2005, Nesciobrug was the longest cycle and pedestrian bridge in the Netherlands, spanning the Rijn Kanaal in the IJburg district of Amsterdam. The result of a close collaboration between architects and engineers, the bridge provides a vital connection for residents of IJburg, a suburb built on reclaimed land north of the city, with the 'mainland'.
It is the Netherlands' first suspension bridge and provides access to the extensive green space of the Diemerpark for the people of Amsterdam. The bridge has a clear span of 170m, providing the 10m clearance necessary for boats on the canal below. Curved in plan, the bridge is designed to sit elegantly within the reclaimed landscape and to respect its unique ecological habitats.