The WilkinsonEyre architectural practice created the Lille Langebro cycle and pedestrian swing bridge for Copenhagen.
The bridge is an application of curves to align with the moat and bank of the historic Christianshavn neighborhood and to accommodate boats passing through.
This is a landmark project both for Copenhagen and for the wider bridges sector. By combining cutting-edge design with unique technical solutions it has been possible to minimise the structural depth of the bridge and really push the boundaries of design, affording pedestrians and cyclists views across the harbour. The opening and closing of the bridge acts as a spectacle in itself, bringing a sense of theatre and excitement to the area. We’re delighted to have been able to work closely with Realdania and WilkinsonEyre to make the vision a reality.—Simon Fryer, technical director, bridges, BuroHappold Engineering