olafur eliasson's cirkelbroen bridge opens in copenhagen
 
olafur eliasson's cirkelbroen bridge opens in copenhagen
aug 24, 2015

olafur eliasson's cirkelbroen bridge opens in copenhagen

 

designed by artist olafur eliasson, the much anticipated ‘cirkelbroen bridge’ has opened to the public in copenhagen. the unveiling of the project, which spans the city’s christianshavn canal, was attended by over 7,000 members of the public.

 

‘the cirkelbroen bridge creates new spaces along the waterfront,’ explains eliasson. ‘it provides proximity to the water and encourages users to slow down a little and take a break. I hope it will become a meeting place.’

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the structure is a testimony to the region’s nautical history, with posts that take the form of ship masts
images by søren svendsen, nordea foundation

 

 

 

the link will allow the people of copenhagen to cycle, walk or run along the waterfront and through the city center. in addition, the bridge serves as both a meeting place and vantage point that invites reflection, new views and perspectives.

 

in my art, I work with transient materials – such as wind, fog or flowing water,’ eliasson continued. ‘it has been wonderful to have the opportunity to make a structure such as the cirkelbroen bridge, which embodies this transience – the changing of the weather and how this helps to create the waterfront atmosphere – but a bridge which has a long, stable life ahead of it at the same time. I am filled with immense pride to know that the cirkelbroen bridge will now be part of copenhagen.’

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the link will allow the people of copenhagen to more easily cross the canal

 

 

 

made of five circular platforms, the structure is a testimony to the region’s nautical history, with tall posts that take the form of chip masts. the project, which is a gift from the nordea foundation to the city of copenhagen, was welcomed by frank jensen, the city’s lord mayor: ‘the cirkelbroen bridge enhances an already lively, and attractive waterfront atmosphere for the people of copenhagen. this was emphasized today by the presence of such a large number of people at the official opening. the bridge binds our city more tightly together and is a landmark for the entire area of which we can be proud.’

 

read designboom’s interview with olafur eliasson here.

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the five tall masts are visible from across the surrounding area

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the bridge serves as both a meeting place and vantage point

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
detail of the project’s structural support system

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the crossing intends to offer new views and perspectives on the city

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eliasson’s design viewed from water-level

 

 


construction of the cirkelbroen bridge
video courtesy of nordea foundation

 

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the bridge’s opening was attended by over 7,000 people

olafur eliasson cirkelbroen bridge copenhagen christianshavn canal designboom
the crossing is located opposite the royal library, designed by schmidt hammer lassen

 

 

  • Yes. I only caught the fact that the bridge moved by going through the video at 1 second steps to make certain that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Would have liked to know more about its mechanism.
    Lovely work!

    Ron Smith
  • Interesting and lovely. Only the video reveals that part of the bridge is movable . . . !

    SDR

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