Located in popular West Amsterdam, close to bars, cafés and shops with a bird’s eye view of a canal. Skip over the street for breakfast, or pop into any of the local fashion stores dotted around the neighbourhood.
Sip G&Ts or sample Vietnamese spring rolls in the popular Foodhallen (food market) within 6-minutes walk. Amsterdam Central Station is directly accessible by tram (23 minutes). The interior has a spaceship feel, you are the captain, Amsterdam is your adventure. Heads up curious travellers, this bridge house is located on a busy tram line and can be noisy, suitable for deep sleepers and night owls.
From 1990 to 2017 the Wiegbrug 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 1990: Mathieu Ponsen
Architect 2017: Space&Matter
Architectural Style: Contemporary
Artwork: Leonie Mijnlieff
Location: De Clerqstraat
Bridge Type: Bascule Bridge
Various bridge houses have stood along the Wiegbrug (bridge), from a simple wooden building to a diamondshaped Amsterdam School building by architect Pieter Lodewijk Kramer. The current building, the Wiegbrug bridge house, dates from 1990 and was designed by Mathieu Ponsen. The design is purely functional and was not intended to beautify the cityscape. It is a functional box that met modern bridge operating requirements. The steel bridge house sits on a concrete column with its base in the water. A metal swimmer – an artwork designed in 2004 by Leonie Mijnlieff – projects from the column. An interesting detail is that the basement for the bridge’s counterweight was originally located on the other side of the bridge. This basement fell vacant when the weight was relocated. Currently there are plans to transform this vacant space into a bridge museum.
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This adorable juice stand is a stone’s throw from your front door and offers healthy smoothies, fresh juices, acai bowls and snacks. (Photo courtesy of Fitgirls)
Step across the road to this trendy café known for good service, a lopsided terrace perched on the bridge and a lazy all-day breakfast. Choose from favourites like pancakes, scrambled eggs and avocado toast. (Photo courtesy of Bar Spek)
Eat with the locals at this cosy Italian spot. (Photo courtesy of Cantinetta)
A city park in bordered by two canals. (Photo courtesy of gemeente Amsterdam)
The Anne Frank House shares the story of the Frank family with its visitors using Anne’s famous diary as a reference. Anne’s original writings, personal documents, objects and photographs are permanently on display. Attention: tickets for Anne Frank House can only be booked online in advance. (Photo courtesy of Anne Frank House / Photographer: Cris Toala Olivares)
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