Copenhagen Is Building the Most Radical Pedestrian Bridge Over Its Harbor Entrance

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Photo: Steven Holl Architects
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Have you been to Copenhagen? Do you see how many cruise ships are anchored in its harbor? Do you think they’re there only to refuel? They're not. So, what are you waiting for?
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and it’s a landmark for the way old and modern architecture can seamlessly intertwine for great effect. The best thing, though, is that it’s full of relaxed people who seem to be on a constant holiday even as they’re heading to work or having their lunch break.

In other parts of the world, you would have to have a very creative type of job to act like this, something like a copywriter in an advertising agency or, say, an architect. Can you imagine what an architect from Copenhagen would be like, then? Well, hold that thought while you gaze at the creation of one such individual: this crazy pedestrian bridge connecting the two sides of the Copenhagen Harbor’s entrance.

The project designed by Steven Holl Architects was picked as the winner of a competition and is now expected to begin construction next year. Yes, really. The whole project consists of two tall, multi-faceted buildings on each side of the harbor, with the suspended bridge connecting the two. It looks like a rather frail construction and it could prove a challenge for those suffering from vertigo, even though there’s no word about a glass floor. That would have pushed it too far.

The buildings are said to provide space for living, as well as offices and commercial activities, and should indeed offer spectacular views at all times. The bridge hangs at about 200 feet above sea level, allowing even the tallest cruise ships to pass underneath it.

This new bridge will be accessible via elevators, and since it’s Copenhagen we’re talking about, cyclists will be allowed to use it as well. Expect heavy queues at the elevators, however, as it will quickly turn into one of the most sought-after tourist landmarks in the Danish capital.

Reflected in the water, the bridge looks like an arrow pointing towards the sea, and that’s because it is actually made of two colorful segments heading in different directions joined halfway across the span. The official documentation speaks of a “handshake,” but we think they look more like the arms of two cranes. But that’s not a critique in any way.

OK, so the people of Copenhagen have great ideas. Now let’s see how fast they can build them.
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