Urban Boost and Added Value
In Copenhagen we have designed bridges such as Åbuen Bridge, Quay Bridge and the world-famous Bicycle Snake, and in Køge North Station we are part of a large collaboration creating a centre for green mobility in the Capital Region of Denmark towards 2019. In Xiamen in China we have designed the world’s longest bicycle bridge (7.6 kilometres), a 20-kilometre path system and seven footbridges, in addition to a number of other projects, which in different ways contribute to solving environmental challenges such as too dense traffic, pollution and lack of green spaces.
Cykelslangen – The Bicycle Snake
The Bicycle Snake in Copenhagen is a concrete example of our approach to urban adjustment, that is, how we create solutions for specific areas and environments. Aside from solving practical urban challenges – e.g. dense traffic, vulnerable cyclists and similar – we wish to create architecture that adds value, life and energy to an urban area.
The bicycle bridge has become an icon for Copenhagen as the city of bicycles, and at the same time it has had a demonstrable positive effect on the mobility in the urban area, reduced the commute time and, in a broader perspective, contributed to creating a welcoming and inclusive capital. It literally lifts cyclists to a higher level that meanders past the surrounding buildings and connects Dybbølsbro with Bryggebro. The bridge hovers six-seven metres above the harbour and quayside and creates an urban room for the pedestrians below.
According to the City of Copenhagen’s statistics for 2017, Cykelslangen has reduced the daily commute time by 380 hours, just as it has reduced the amount of kilometres travelled by car every day in the capital by 1,400, corresponding to 87 tons of CO2 a year. At the same time, the municipality’s bicycle accounts show that the socioeconomic benefit of Cykelslangen is DKK 44 million in 20 years.
Xiamen – Bicycle and Footbridges
In the Chinese port of Xiamen seven bridges and a 20-kilometre path system designed by DISSING+WEITLING architecture is currently under construction. The system of footpaths and bridges is meant to take citizens and visitors through Xiamen’s contrasted, mountainous landscape and to connect city and countryside. One of the largest challenges was creating a cohesive design for paths and bridges that both matches the city and the woodland.
The seven unique footbridges stand out as points of orientation in the landscape and connect parks, woods and vantage points. Xiamen Footpaths will become an active space of experiences in the trees, attracting people to the countryside while ensuring that the impact on the local flora and fauna is as minimal as possible.
Xiamen Footpaths is expected to be finalised in 2019.
Also read: Xiamen Bicycle Skyway