Bridge 222 is a fine bascule structure composed primarily of brick, granite and steel. It was built in 1896¹ and acquired the name Aluminiumbrug in 1956, when it was modified to become the first bridge in Amsterdam to feature a low-maintenance aluminium deck².
The drawbridge (long since out of action) connects Staalstraat with Nieuwe Doelenstraat and Kloveniersburgwal. Over the years, the area surrounding the bridge has been used as a backdrop for several feature films.
¹ Bridge 222 was originally named Doelenbrug.
² According to Aluminium.org, techniques to produce aluminium in more cost-effective ways emerged in Denmark in 1889. “Its long list of inherent properties – lightweight, corrosion resistant, easily formed, highly conductive, highly reflective, non-toxic, durable and recyclable – gives manufacturers and designers a wide range of options for product innovation and process improvements.”