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Wilkinson Eyre wins Copenhagen bridge contest


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.’


Readers' comments (4)

  • It would appear that in Copenhagen - rather than in the London of Osborne & Johnson - they have no difficulty in assessing bridge designers on merit.
    But then, in Denmark they're creating an elegant, ingenious and above all useful structure that respects its setting

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  • Robert Wakeman hits the nail precisely on the head, what a contrast! What an indictment of London PLC's priorities!

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  • Apologies for misspelling your surname Robert.
    I used to live in a building on the very spot on Christian's Brygge where the bridge lands.
    As a pedestrian/cycle bridge it will be a great asset to this wonderful, civilised city by relieving the pressure on the adjoining Langebro bridge, and add to the excellent and safe provision for cyclists there.
    What a contrast to our own capital!

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  • Agree with Robert and Peter. The Danes (and Swedes) know a thing or two about bridges ......and crime thrillers.

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