Team announced to design a new bridge in central Copenhagen

WilkinsonEyre, BuroHappold Engineering and Urban Agency have been selected from a shortlist of five competing multidisciplinary teams, to design an opening pedestrian and cycle bridge across Copenhagen’s Inner Harbour. The plan form of the bridge is an elegant sweeping curve that reconnects the two misaligned axes of Vester Voldgade and Langebrogade.

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 draw them across it as they seek to discover what is beyond.

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.

The project will be implemented by client, Realdania, with the city of Copenhagen.

The full team comprises BuroHappold as project lead and engineer with architectural design by WilkinsonEyre and Urban Agency. Additional support is provided by NIRAS A/S, Eadon Consulting and Speirs + Major.