Wilkinson Eyre has been chosen to design a new bridge in central Copenhagen
The practice, which is working with engineers Buro Happold and local practice Urban Agency, saw off a shortlist of five multi-disciplinary teams to bag the job.
The full shortlist
Team 1: EKJ Rådgivende Ingeniører, Leuchsenring & Rundquist, Sting, and Vibeke Rønnow Landskab
Team 2: Arup
Team 3: BuroHappold Engineering, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Urban Agency, Eadon Consulting, Speirs + Major, and NIRAS
Team 4: Cowi, Dissing+Weitling, and Kragh & Berglund
Team 5: Tractebel Engineering, Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, and Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
The pedestrian and cycle bridge will span across Copenhagen’s inner harbour and is being realised by client Realdania as a gift to the city.
The curved bridge has been designed as a response to the site’s constraints and rises up 5.4m to clear the harbour’s shipping channel.
In a statement Wilkinson Eyre, said: ‘The alignment of the bridge reconnects the city to the ramparts of Christianshavn and encourages the use of this important recreational space. The overall appearance of the bridge is a compelling and graceful arc which acts as a visual device that will not only draw users towards it, but also draws them across it as they seek to discover what is beyond.
It added: ‘The continuously flowing lines of the bridge offer no clues as to how the bridge opens. Instead, the two opening spans create an element of surprise as they pivot on their supports and swing apart at mid-span. This opening motion will become a spectacle for viewers to enjoy and will result in a 35m wide shipping channel.’