Traverse Hilversum is a 200 m bridge connecting the Hilversum Mediapark with the train station Hilversum North designed by MVSA.
Description from MVSA:
The new North Hilversum/Media Park railway crossing not only forms a link between the two platforms of North Hilversum railway station, it also connects the Erfgooierswijk neighbourhood with the Media Park. The crossing is specifically designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and is a key public transport link. The design is unambiguous, with an iconic character.
The crossing extends from the station over the Mies Bouwman Boulevard, while in the Media Park it stretches over one of the studios as far as the Franse Pleintje square. In the design the crossing is interpreted as a functional connection for a variety of user groups; a spatial element that both forms a part of a series of bridges and crossings leading from the area and also adds a new experiential element to it: the crossing as a pleasant stroll rather than simply as a link between two districts.
This experiential character is enhanced by the interior of the crossing that, with its wooden floors rising towards the walls, creates a warm and welcoming environment. The rounded form of the crossing also contributes to this atmosphere. Because of its arched cross-section the interior will feel spacious, while on the other hand the exterior is slender in appearance. The walls of both the lifts and the stairwells are of glass, with external screening.
The arched form, together with the perforations in the aluminium screens, creates an intriguing range of ever-changing images. The pattern in the screens is a combination of two elements: sound waves referring to the link with the Media Park, and a projection of the flow of movement of the various transport modalities in and around the crossing.
Constantly changing reflections – and thus a diversity of experiences – are created depending on the weather conditions, the viewer’s perspective and the time of day. This also applies to the exterior of the crossing. Seen from outside, the crossing has a reserved character in the daytime, but it comes to life in the evening when, from dusk onwards, the light filtered through the perforations defines its appearance.