Sit on high! A soaring 3-storey bridge house close to Amsterdam North’s favourite bars and cafés. Cocoon in this colourful bridge house with a view of the boats moored on the North Holland canal. This is the largest of all the bridge houses, including a living room, bedroom and bathroom. This bridge house is a perfect overnight stop for cyclists on the LF7 cycle route. Amsterdam Central Station is accessible by a short walk (12 minutes) and a ferry ride (6 minutes) or metro (12 minutes).
From 1965 to 2017 the Gerben Wagenaarbrug bridge house accommodated the city’s bridge keepers. In 2017 the bridge house started a new chapter as one of 28 suites for SWEETS hotel.
Architect 1965: Enrico Hartsuyker
Architect 2017: Space&Matter
Architectural Style: New Objectivity
Waterway: North Holland Canal
Bridge Type: Drawbridge
The Gerben Wagenaarbrug (bridge) and the bridge house were built in Amsterdam North in 1965, according to a design by Enrico Hartsuyker, as part of the plans for the IJ Tunnel. The square brick tower stands between the North Holland Canal and IJ Tunnel road. The building previously functioned as a bridge house, also housing the tunnel controller. The bridge keeper looked out over the canal through a window on the first floor, while the tunnel controller looked through an upper-floor window on the other side of the building.
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