The new study, work and meeting space the Bridge at Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus is now open. This gallery has a spectacular view and design. The Bridge is a new type of ‘public’ space within UvA, since it unites different functions.
The C Building across Nieuwe Achtergracht has been renovated and the Bridge on the 4th floor is the meeting place for students, staff and guests of the campus. The hall does have study places but it is not a study centre because there are no PCs or power sockets. Those who are looking for a place to study with a PC or wish to study somewhere quiet, can find what they need close by in the Library Learning Centre Roeterseiland Campus or at one of the other locations of the University Library.
There is a reading table and a low ‘free’ bookcase in the Bridge . The books on the shelves are free for all. And anyone can leave their own books there for those interested. The lounge couches and the variety of furniture offer many opportunities for meetings between students, staff and guests.
The catering offers coffee, tea and other beverages, as well as a small assortment of sandwiches and snacks. Specially trained baristas will prepare a cup of coffee just as you like it. The catering is open from 9.00-16.00. If it turns out to be a success, the opening hours may be extended. Anyone who works, studies or is a guest at the campus can take a break at the Bridge and enjoy the lovely view over the canal. The meeting table near the catering is a great place to arrange a meeting with a colleague or (fellow) student.
Besides a study and catering facility, the Bridge will also be a venue for receptions, debates, lectures and other events at a limited scale. During the day the Bridge is for the UvA community and the faculties. During the next few weeks the University Library and Facility Services will be testing the possibilities of the Bridge with a number of events.
During the renovation the whole building across the canal was ‘lifted up’ one floor. This has improved the sightlines of the city so that the view is quite spectacular. Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus is now facing more towards the city than it used to. Then the Bridge rather closed off the town from the university.