work set to start on steven holl's copenhagen gate project work set to start on steven holl's copenhagen gate project
nov 13, 2015

work set to start on steven holl's copenhagen gate project

work set to start on steven holl’s copenhagen gate project
all images courtesy of steven holl architects

 

 

 

the city of copenhagen has finally approved steven holl architects’ plans to build two skyscrapers joined by a pedestrian bridge at the entrance to the city’s historic harbor. the design unanimously won an international competition in october 2008 (see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here), but construction had been delayed for economic reasons. work on the ‘copenhagen gate’ is now set to start in 2016.

steven holl copenhagen gate LM project bridge denmark approved designboom
the two highrises are connected with a pedestrian bridge 150 meters above the water

 

 

 

the two highrises, named ‘langelinie’ and ‘marmormolen’, are connected with a pedestrian bridge elevated 150 meters above the water, thus allowing direct links from apartments and offices to the adjacent railway station. the ‘langelinie’ tower features a prow-like deck, which serves as the public entrance to the bridge’s elevators. meanwhile, on the other side of the harbor, the ‘marmormolen’ tower connects back to the city with a terrace that thrusts out towards the horizon, shaped by a public auditorium below.

steven holl copenhagen gate LM project bridge denmark approved designboom
the bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbor

steven holl copenhagen gate LM project bridge denmark approved designboom
the two towers illuminated at night

steven holl copenhagen gate LM project bridge denmark approved designboom
watercolor sketch indicating public circulation

steven holl copenhagen gate LM project bridge denmark approved designboom
another sketch by steven holl outlines the project’s concept

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