17/11 Opening of cycle route and Delft Symbiobrug

News - 11 November 2016

On 17 November the Province of Zuid-Holland, the Midden-Delfland recreational amenities board and the City of Delft will officially open a new cycle route and a remarkable new bridge: the Symbiobrug. The bridge, designed by Rafail Gkaidatzis, was the winning entry in a design competition for TU Delft architecture students in 2014. The name Symbiobrug is a reflection of the interaction between nature and technology. Besides designing the bridge, Gkaidatzis was also given the commission to build it, together with Royal HaskoningDHV.

New cycle route

Earlier this year a new cycle route was created between the Technopolis Science Park (Thijssenweg) and the Ackerdijkse Bos recreational area in the countryside of Midden-Delfland. The bridge crosses the 35-metre wide Karitaatmolensloot canal on the southern fringe of Delft. The new cycle route forms a link in the Recreational Route Structure of the Midden-Delfland recreational amenities board. The cycle route project linking Ackerdijkse Bos and TU Delft was funded by the Province of Zuid-Holland, the City of Delft and the Midden-Delfland recreational amenities board.

Living together

The striking colour and shape of the Symbiobrug make it a distinctive feature in the rural landscape. In Greek συν means ‘together' and βιωσις ‘living', reflecting the interaction between nature and technology, two elements that enter into a symbiotic co-existence in the Symbiobrug bridge. The new cycle route took almost eight months to complete.

Programme for 17 November

The opening will be carried out by member of the Provincial Executive and chair of the IODS (Integrated area development programme between Delft and Schiedam) Floor Vermeulen (Province of Zuid-Holland) and member of the recreational amenities board and Delft alderman Stephan Brandligt.


13:30 Welcome at the Art Centre Delft, Rotterdamseweg 205, 2629 HD Delft
13:45 Opening word at the Art Centre Delft
14:00 Transport by bus to the Symbiobrug
14:15 Welcome and official opening by Floor Vermeulen, Stephan Brandligt & Rafail Gkaidatzis
14:35 Drinks and a snack on site
14.50 Prof. Marcel Hertogh (DIMI) “Verbinden & Vernieuwen” [Connecting & Renewing]
15:00 End of official programme


For more information about this event and to register, please contact: m.veringmeier@pzh.nl, 010 298 1511 / 06 55327851
Contact Rafail Gkaidatzis R.Gkaidatzis@tudelft.nl
Science Information Officer TU Delft Roy Meijer, r.e.t.meijer@tudelft.nl, 015-2781751