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Studio Bednarski wins Copenhagen inner harbour bridge contest

London-based architecture practice Studio Bednarski has seen off the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects to win the two-stage contest to design an opening bridge in Copenhagen’s inner harbour

Working with specialist engineers Flint & Neill, the practice devised a ‘unique sliding mechanism’ for the 50m-long opening span which allows pedestrians to stay on the bridge even when open.

The ‘slightly sinuous’ design, which is 180m-long in total, is part of a larger scheme which includes three further smaller bridges.

Practice founder Cezary Bednarski said: ‘We have deliberately avoided high structural elements, which would interrupt views across and
along the harbour, both when the bridge is closed and when it is open.

‘Views of the new Opera House from Knippelsbro, for example, would not be disrupted by our design.;

He added: ‘Me and Ian Firth [of Flint & Neill] have won all five bridge competitions that we have jointly entered.’

Bednarski also worked with New York-based mechancial engineers Hardesty & Hanover as well as lighting designers Speirs and Major on the scheme.

Other finalists

  • Zaha Hadid Architects with Buro Happold, London
  • Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S with Alectia and Ove Arup & Partners, Denmark
  • Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner, Beratende Ingenieure VBI, GmbH, Stuttgart with Georg K.S. Rotne, arkitekt MAA, København and ES-Consult A/S, Hørsholm
  • Grontmij | Carl Bro a/s, Glostrup with Schlaich Bergermann und Partner GmbH, Berlin and von Gerkan Marg und Partner Architects and Engineers GmbH, Berlin
  • ISC Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S with Bystrup Arkitekter MAA MDD
  • Dissing+ Weitling arkitektfirma with COWI, POLYFORM arkitekter ApS and ULRIKE BRANDI LICHT
  • DFA Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes with WTM International Engineers
  • Henning Larsen Architects with Ove Arup & Partners International, London and Speirs & Major Associates and
  • Rambøll with 3XN A/S


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