Construction of Steven Holl Architects’ Copenhagen Gate is about to start in the nearest future. This project will enrich the city skyline with two iconic towers, which will definitely have an influence on further development of Copenhagen. These buildings create an expression of movement themselves and create an angle towards each other. The main element of the project is a slim pedestrian bridge which also includes a bike lane that has been added recently. The bridge connects one tower to another. Steven Holl won the competition for Copenhagen gate in 2008, but the construction has been delayed because of the financial crisis and will be renewed in 2016.
The design of the building won the Progressive Architecture Award in 2010. The competition required 150 meters long pedestrian bridge above the harbor, which would connect apartments and offices directly to Copenhagen train station. The bridge saves pedestrian and cyclists a 2.2km long tour around the waterway, while also enabling each tower to be no more than 500 meters from the nearest public transport stop.
The main concept for Steven Hall was to create a new entrance for the city harbor: Two towers; two bridges; two different orientations. Architects gave different functional meaning to each of the tower. The first one is directed to the see, while another one opens through the city. The project reflects historical aspects of the site, a place is called Langelinie which means a long line. Langelinie is a Copenhagen pier with the popular mermaid sculpture. The pier has been a berth for cruise ships along centuries and is a favorite place for tourists to visit. The Langelinie tower resembles the geometrical shapes of the site. The terrace of The Marmormolen tower, that resembles the deck of the ship, is open to the views of the city. The tower connects to the city with the main terrace, where one can get either with escalators or wide public stairs. The terrace connects to the lobby surrounded by restaurants, cafes and galleries.
The bridge is technically made of two bridges, one suspended from each tower, that connect at an angle like a handshake over the harbor. The towers are covered with glass curtains. The soffits below the bridges and under the cantilevers pick up the bright colors of the harbor. container orange on the undersides of the Langelinie, bright yellow on the undersides of the Marmormolen. At night the colors of the paints reflect like paintings in the water. Unusual shape of towers creates a new architectural image for the city.
Author: Tamta Jugashvili