New in Copenhagen: Cirkelbroen

New in Copenhagen: Cirkelbroen

The weekend before last, the Copenhagen cityscape and harbor front got a new landmark: Cirkelbroen, the Circle Bridge. The new bridge crosses the Christianshavn canal right across from the Black Diamond, and enables pedestrians and cyclists to walk/ ride along the harborfront pretty much all the way from Teglholmen to Knippelsbro.

The bridge was a gift of the Nordea foundation, which makes sense, as it is also located right by the bank’s Danish headquarters. It was designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, who also did the “Riverbed” installation at Louisiana (see my post here). Here’s a video that shows how the bridge opens for passing sailboats:

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As the name suggests, the bridge is made up of five circles in different sizes, and its design reminds me of old school ships, with their high masts and sails (like the ones you see in pirate movies). Despite its height, the bridge looks very delicate and blends in well with the surroundings.

I really like the bridge, and that’s not just because it allows me to go straight up by the water instead of taking a detour around Christianshavn metro station, thus cutting my morning commute 5, 6 minutes short. This morning, I took my camera and stopped to take some pictures.

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

Cirkelbroen in Copenhagen, designed by Olafur Eliasson

What’s your take? Do you like the bridge, or what type of bridge would you have preferred? Let me know in the comments below!

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