The winning team has been chosen from five shortlisted for the design of a new opening pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Inner Harbour in Copenhagen, Denmark.
WilkinsonEyre, BuroHappold Engineering and Urban Agency proposed a bridge that will form a sweeping curve in plan to connect the misaligned axes of two streets, Vester Voldgade and Langebrogade.
The project will be implemented by client, Realdania, with the city of Copenhagen. Realdania is gifting the bridge to the city to support the development and accessibility of Copenhagen harbour.
Peter Cederfeld, CEO of Realdania Byg, said: "The winning proposal combines a clear and compelling concept with a strong design team to provide Copenhagen with a new high-quality bridge that both the city and its residents can be proud of.”
From the eastern quayside, the deck rises up gently to clear the 5.4m-high shipping channel, before descending back down to the quay on the opposite side.
At the quaysides, the wing-like boxes of the two triangular steel edge beams are angled downwards below the deck, encouraging views up and down the quayside promenades. As the bridge traverses the water, the wings gradually twist up, maximising the clearance below deck and providing a degree of enclosure and a perceived sense of security at mid-span.
The two opening spans have been designed to create an element of surprise as they pivot on their supports and swing apart at mid-span to create a 35m-wide shipping channel.
The full design team comprises BuroHappold as project lead and engineer with architectural design by WilkinsonEyre and Urban Agency. Additional support is provided by Niras, Eadon Consulting and Speirs + Major.