On Dag van de Architectuur or Architecture Day, held on June 20 in Rotterdam, the Luchtsingel was inaugurated: a 400 metre long pedestrian bridge linking three districts in the city centre, the first public infrastructure to be built through crowd-funding, designed by ZUS, a multidisciplinary architecture and landscape studio founded in 2001 by Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman.
The bridge creates an important pedestrian link between different buildings and other important elements in the station area: the Schieblock, an incubator for new enterprises, the Pompenburg Park, a play area for children with a vegetable garden, the roof of Hofplein Station, a green area for hosting events, etc. The project was created in 2011 by ZUS. In 2012 the architectural studio, co-curator of the International Architecture Bienniale Rotterdam, presented eighteen projects for the area nicknamed “Test Site Rotterdam” linked by a single pedestrian path, the Luchtsingel. Also in 2012, the “I Make Rotterdam” crowd-funding initiative was launched to fund the project: 25 euros were enough to get your name engraved on the bridge, and more than 8000 people contributed.
Images courtesy of ZUS, photo by Fred Ernst, Ossip van Duivenbode