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Mersey Gateway Bridge opens to traffic

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Marked by beautiful fireworks, the spectacular Mersey Gateway Bridge near Liverpool in the UK opened to traffic this weekend. The iconic three-pylon cable-stayed structure was designed by DISSING+WEITLING as sub-consultants to COWI. The bridge is a new landmark for the region, providing a much-needed new crossing of the river Mersey and acting as a catalyst for growth throughout the area.

Only a month after the opening of another DISSING+WEITLING-designed landmark bridge in the UK, Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, the 2.25-km long Mersey Gateway Bridge opened for traffic this weekend. The bridge has a unique design with three pylons of different heights, the highest measuring 125 meters. The 1-km long cable supported main bridge deck is constructed from pre-stressed and reinforced concrete suspended from the pylons via high strength steel cable stays. Travelers approaches the bridge from a curve on either side of the structure giving varying views of its unique design and maximising its visual impact. 

A benificent new landmark for the region

The design for the bridge was selected from a wide range of options for bringing the maximum benefits for users and local people as well as having a minimal impact on the estuary and its surrounding environment. The project also delivers transport and environmental benefits by reducing travel times across the river and by keeping traffic free-flowing. The bridge deck carries six lanes of traffic – three in each direction.

“We are very proud to have been part of this ambitious project. It has been a pleasure working with the Halton Borough Council and the Mersey Gateway Design Joint Venture,” says Jesper Henriksen, architect and partner at DISSING+WEITLING, and continues, “In our design for the bridge, our aim was to make a both elegant and spectacular landmark for the region. When you approach the bridge from either side, the way the enormous structure manifests itself harmoniously in the flat landscape is truly breathtaking.”

See the stunning video from the opening weekend below (courtesy of Youtube/Mersey Gateway).

One of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK

The Mersey Gateway Bridge is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK in recent years. It is one of the UK government’s most prioritised projects in their National Infrastructure Plan and it was recognised by KPMG as one of the "Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Around The Globe".

COWI led the Mersey Gateway Design Joint Venture – alongside AECOM, Fhecor and Eptisa, with architectural support by DISSING+WEITLING - which was engaged by the Merseylink Civil Contractors to deliver the design of the £1.9bn scheme. The construction costs of the bridge itself was £600m. COWI led the design for the bridge while AECOM led the design of the landside works including 7-km of new roads. 

Structural and geotechnical engineers from COWI worked closely with the Merseylink Civil Contractors, Merseylink Ltd (the DBFO consortium) and Halton Borough Council to develop a design that could be built quickly and operated and maintained as cost effectively as possible. 

The simple elegance of great bridge design

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In honor of his many years of designing spectacular landmark bridges all across the globe, Bridge Design & Engineering brings an in-depth interview with Poul Ove Jensen, our renowned Director of Bridges.

Bridge Design & Engineering is the leading international magazine focusing exclusively on the bridge industry. Poul Ove Jensen recently turned 80, and to celebrate his impressive accomplishments, designing signature bridges all around the world for more than 25 years, the magazine decided to bring an extensive interview. 

In the article, Poul Ove Jensen gives a first-hand account of our early company history, including memories of working with Arne Jacobsen and the experience of learning from his overall design approach to both buildings and everything else, which eventually led us to designing bridges, “When you can design a chair you can design a bridge. The principle is the same, the scale is different.” 

Impressive international portfolio

When DISSING+WEITLING won the contract for the architectural design of the Great Belt Link in Denmark in 1989, it was the beginning of a long and successful adventure, which has led us to designing bridges in all scales all over the world. Working at DISSING+WEITLING, Poul Ove Jensen has been involved in literally hundreds of bridge projects. Our portfolio includes all types of bridges, ranging from elegant small-scale pedestrian and bicycle bridges, to remarkable mechanic road bridges and iconic landmark spans.

Poul Ove Jensen has been the lead designer on several famous and iconic bridge projects around the world, such as Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth in Scotland and the future Hising Bridge in Gothenburg, Sweden - just to mention a few. 

Contextual design approach

Now considered as one of the world’s leading bridge architects, Poul Ove Jensen recalls his first experiences with bridge design and honors his early mentors and current collaborating structural engineers. He goes on to mention aspects of our overall design strategy, “Most people talk about constraints as something negative, (..) but we always love constraints. I think it’s possible to identify our bridges, but they are all very different. We always try to take advantage of the local conditions, and the limitations.”

Each of our projects is a unique solution to a unique set of challenges in each project’s particular individual urban and cultural context. Our solutions are typically based on a deep analysis of these contextual issues in combination with our expertise regarding best practices. Based on the principles of the Scandinavian design tradition and its understated elegance, our bridge designs embodies a high degree of aesthetic integrity and visual refinement, always reflecting an optimal synthesis of structure and aesthetics.

Bridges and infrastructure design is only one aspect of our portfolio, which also includes distinctive international business headquarters, sustainable hotels and conference centers, attractive housing and residential areas as well as restorations and transformations for renowned cultural institutions.

Read the full print article in our press archive

DISSING+WEITLING explored the architectural marvels of Switzerland

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Over the past weekend, almost everyone at DISSING+WEITLING went on a study trip to Basel and Zürich to experience their most exciting new architecture. It was a fun three days, packed with inspiring buildings, nice dinners, and a drink or two.

This year’s study trip at DISSING+WEITLING had Switzerland as its destination and Thursday afternoon most of the office flew to Basel - the first of two cities to be explored. 

Day 1

During our Friday in Basel we visited several architectural sites designed by the famous Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, including the renovated Museum der Kulturen, the new façade and roof at Messe Basel and REHAB Basel. We also had a guided tour at the headquarter campus of local pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which was a highly impressive experience with great office and laboratory buildings by some of the world’s most renowned architects, including SANAA, Tadao Ando, Diener & Diener and David Chipperfield.

Day 2

Saturday morning we kicked off with a four-hour visit to equally impressive Vitra Campus. At Vitra we saw a lot of nice projects, including SANAA’s pristine white warehouse with its magic interior light, the famous fire station by Zaha Hadid, an understated pavillon by Tadao Ando and not least the stacked Vitra Haus by Herzog & de Meuron with all its interesting spatial qualities. After lunch we headed off to Zürich. On the way, we stopped by the Elephant House at Zürich Zoo by local architect Markus Schietsch. Here we were welcomed by the engineer behind the impressive roof structure, Andreas Galmarini from WaltGalmarini. Saturday evening we had an excellent and very festive dinner at the top floor of the 126-metre Prime Tower by Gigon/Guyer. 

Day 3

Our last day was spent at several locations around Zürich including Swiss architect Christian Kerez’ fascinating Leutschenbach School, the cool structure and beautiful hanging gardens of the MFO Park by Buckhard+Partners and the very sustainable House of Natural Resources at the ETH Zürich.

All in all, our trip to Switzerland was immensely inspiring and educational, seeing a wide range of cool and fascinating architecture and filled with lots of fun and good times.

If you want to see more photos from our trip, check out dissingweitlingpeople

Focus on sustainability – Thursday seminars

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As part of our ongoing focus on creating more sustainable solutions, DISSING+WEITLING gathered today for a two-hour seminar on sustainability. The past few Thursdays, our architects and construction architects has met for afternoon seminars in order to refresh and upgrade our insight on sustainability issues. 

This afternoon we had the pleasure of hosting Jørgen Abildgaard, Executive Climate Project Director at the City of Copenhagen and in charge of realising Copenhagen’s ambitious plans of becoming the first CO2-neutral capital in the world.

In relation to urban planning, Jørgen talked about issues regarding climate changes and climate adaptation, urbanisation and globalisation, circular economy and renewable energy sources, digitalisation, sharing economy and disruption, flexible housing and new ways of living and working, and, not least, smart mobility and smart cities.

Other Thursday seminars has evolved around the importance of early co-creation with consulting engineers when developing sustainable solutions and DGNB, the leading certification system for sustainable buildings in Denmark. DGNB measures up to 50 different sustainability criteria from the quality sections ecology, economy, socio-cultural aspects, technology, process work flows and site.

Check out the new headquarters for Orbicon or the renovation of COWI’s headquarters to see some of our DGNB-certified projects.

A record-breaking landmark for modern Scotland now officially open

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This week saw the opening of the most ambitious infrastructure project in Scotland in modern time – the impressive Queensferry Crossing. The spectacular construction is designed by DISSING+WEITLING as sub-consultants to a joint venture of Arup and Jacobs. Scotland’s new landmark was inaugurated by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has claimed much media attention both locally and abroad.

Monday saw the opening ceremony of the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II cut the ribbon – just as she did more than 50 years ago when opening the neighbouring Forth Road Bridge. The Queen stated that the new bridge was a “breath-taking sight” and one of three “magnificent structures” across the Firth of Forth and she praised the designers, engineers and constructors for their visions and remarkable skills in modern engineering.

A record-breaking new landmark for modern Scotland

Queensferry Crossing, running across the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, has been underway for ten years. The prestigious bridge is Great Britain’s tallest and with its vital importance to the passage across the Forth. With a total construction of £1.35 billion it is the most ambitious infrastructure project in Scotland ever. Besides being Great Britain’s tallest, the 2.7-kilometre long bridge is also the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge with three pylons. Each pylon stands 210 metres tall and more than 37,000 kilometres of cable was used for the cable-stays – equivalent to the circumference of the earth.

The new bridge is situated alongside two other bridges, one from the late 1800s and the other from the mid-1900s. Both are regarded as tremendous engineering accomplishments of their respective time. The two bridges, one a red steel railway bridge and the other a suspension road bridge, are listed as protected historical landmarks. This made the design of the new bridge an even bigger challenge for the design team – to create a contemporary bridge that could be a feat of contemporary engineering as well as uniting all three constructions into a harmonious whole and become a new landmark for modern Scotland.

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An infrastructural hub near Edinburgh

Each day more than 60,000 vehicles cross the Forth, which until now has created massive congestions on either side. Built for different eras, the two existing bridges have not been capable of coping with the increase in traffic. Hence, the new bridge is a long-sought-for addition to the vital connection between the capital, Edinburgh, the region Fife and the east coast of Scotland. 

Through the years, DISSING+WEITLING has designed many spectacular landmark bridges around the world – amongst others the iconic suspension bridge of the Great Belt Link and Stonecutters Bridge that stands as a monument over Hong Kong’s harbor. Having many design similarities with the latter, the new Queensferry Crossing hereby joins the league of the world’s most impressive bridges.

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DISSING+WEITLING prequalified for prestigious bridge competition in Budapest

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Together with Spanish consulting engineers FHECOR, DISSING+WEITLING has been prequalified for a large international competition to design an innovative signature bridge across the Danube River in Budapest.

The bridge will become a notable new landmark for the beautiful Hungarian capital. The ambition is that the bridge will play an important part in the urban development, strengthen the city’s identity and enhance the inhabitants’ quality of life. The project, called New Danube Bridge, is developed as a collaboration between the Hungarian government and the city government of Budapest.

Poul Ove Jensen, architect and Design Director of Bridges and Infrastructure at DISSING+WEITLING, says: ”To add a new bridge to the numerous magnificent historical bridges that connects Buda and Pest is a dream project for a bridge designer.”

The new bridge will function a catalyst for the development of the southern part of Budapest. It will connect the Csepel area, which is located on a small island in the Danube, with Buda and Pest – the two historical parts of the city. The bridge will also enable the development of a future ring road around the periphery of the city, easing traffic congestion in the crowded city centre. The ambitious bridge project will result in a six-lane road and tram bridge including pedestrian and bicycle paths, lookouts and new urban spaces in connection with the bridge.

Having solid experience from several similar projects, DISSING+WEITLING is one of the world’s leading architecture firms when it comes to bridge design and infrastructural solutions. Recently, the company designed the spectacular future Hising Bridge (link) in Gothenburg, which will not only be an important new connection across the busiest harbour in Scandinavia but also create a welcoming urban area along the waterfront. As is the case with the New Danube Bridge, the Hising Bridge will contribute to the development of the city centre and strengthen regional infrastructure. 

The prestigious New Danube Bridge competition has 18 prequalified teams, including some of the world’s leading bridge designers. If everything goes as planned, it will be possible to cross the new bridge in 2024.

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DISSING+WEITLING tegner busterminal og tunnel ved Stockholm

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Sammen med det store svenske ingeniørfirma ÅF Infrastructure AB har DISSING+WEITLING architecture vundet en omfattende opgave om at slå stregerne til en ny busterminal og tunnel for et nyt trafikknudepunkt i centrum af den stockholmske forstad Nacka.

”Det bliver en spændende udfordring at være med i en så kompleks byudviklingsopgave, hvor vi får mulighed for at kombinere tegnestuens kompetencer inden for planlægning og udformning af velfungerende infrastruktur og attraktive byrum”, siger Jesper Henriksen, der er arkitekt og partner i DISSING+WEITLING architecture.

Kompleks byudviklingsopgave

Tunnelbanan, metroen i den svenske hovedstad, skal forlænges til Nacka, hvor den nye endestation, ”Nacka C”, kommer til at danne omdrejningspunkt i et vigtigt nyt trafikknudepunkt for offentlig transport.

I samme forbindelse skal der anlægges en stor ny underjordisk busterminal. Desuden omlægges og overdækkes Värmdöleden – en hovedvej, der løber fra Stockholms centrum gennem Nacka og videre østpå mod den stockholmske skærgård.

Ovenpå det hele – på det nye overdækkede trafikknudepunkt – skal der anlægges parker, byrum og boliger. Det nye byområde kommer til at hedde Mötesplats Nacka og bliver byens nye centrum. Det er dette byområde, som Dissing+Weitling nu skal designe sammen med ÅF, der hører til blandt Sveriges største rådgivende ingeniørfirmaer.

”For os er det et naturligt skridt på vejen i forhold til at arbejde mere helhedsorienteret med integrerede mobilitetsløsninger for forskellige typer brugere i komplekse bymæssige sammenhænge”, siger Jesper Henriksen.

Omfattende omdannelse af Nackas centrum
Projektets samlede anlægsbudget bliver på omkring en milliard svenske kroner, og arbejdet forventes at løbe hen over de kommende tre år. Projektet gennemføres i samarbejde mellem Nacka Kommune, Trafikförvaltningen, svarende til Trafikstyrelsen i Danmark, og Trafikvärket, som svarer til Vejdirektoratet.

”Ved Mötesplats Nacka river vi bymæssige barrierer ned, knytter bydele sammen og giver borgerne en bedre en rejseoplevelse. Vi skaber et attraktivt byområde, som både i sin funktion, udformning og beliggenhed bliver Nackas naturlige centrum”, udtaler Anna-Maria Erlandsson, ansvarlig projektleder hos Nacka Kommune. Det samlede projekt skal efter planen stå færdigt i 2025.
 

DISSING+WEITLING tegner nytænkende konferencehotel i hjertet af København

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Som det blev offentliggjort i går i Børsen, Berlingske, TV2 og en lang række andre nyhedsmedier tegner DISSING+WEITLING i øjeblikket på et nytænkende, bæredygtigt hotel i hjertet af København for hoteloperatøren Scandic.

Med over 600 værelser og et samlet areal på mere end 30.000 kvadratmeter fordelt på 7 etager bliver det Scandic-koncernens hidtil største hotel og konferencecenter. Scandic Spectrum, som hotellet skal hedde, skal ligge på en stor grund på Kalvebod Brygge ved Københavns Inderhavn og er planlagt til at åbne i maj 2021.

”Vores ambition med Scandic Spectrum er at skabe et meget åbent og udadvendt hotel, hvor stueetagen åbner op mod omgivelserne og bliver en naturlig forlængelse af byens rum. Vi indretter stueetagen med caféer, restauranter og barer, så hotellet bliver et levende og indbydende sted at besøge og er med til skabe et attraktivt byliv i området. Huset bliver åbent for alle,” siger Daniel V. Hayden, partner i Dissing+Weitling og designansvarlig på projektet.

Hotellet kommer til at rumme 632 værelser, en 25 meter swimmingpool, flere restauranter, café, bageri, skybar, fitnesslokaler, store møde- og konferencefaciliteter og en p-kælder.

Visionen for Scandic Spectrum er at skabe et mangfoldigt og livligt sted på havnen for både byens og hotellets gæster, og hvor hotellet kommer til at afspejle den lokale kultur, havnens industri og den skandinaviske natur.

”Konceptuelt arbejder vi med flere temaer, blandt andet Kalvebod Brygges historie som hjemsted for en del af hovedstadens havneindustri, som vil kunne aflæses i valget af materialer og lyssætning, hvor rå beton, jern og stål, industrielt glas og hårdt træ kunne være fremtrædende elementer,” fortæller Daniel V. Hayden.

Scandic Spectrum får samtidig en stærk grøn profil med en række tiltag, der nedbringer husets driftsomkostninger betragteligt, og sikrer et behageligt og sundt indeklima for hotellets gæster. Med et tag af solpaneler, aktiv dobbeltfacade, optimal udnyttelse af dagslys og et termisk, atmosfærisk, visuelt og akustisk optimeret indeklima bliver hotellet en ren fornøjelse for både personale og gæster.

Projektets bygherre er HM 2 A/S, mens Scandic, som kommende lejer, vil være involveret i hele processen fra start til slut. Søren Jensen er rådgivende ingeniører, og KWØL er landskabsarkitekter på projektet.

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Nu indvies Orbicons nye domicil

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I løbet af sensommeren flyttede Orbicon ind i sit nye domicil, og i denne uge indvies huset officielt. Vi har tegnet de nye rammer til den ambitiøse ingeniørvirksomhed med bæredygtige og helhedsorienterede løsninger for øje. Desuden er huset organiseret og indrettet med fokus på at højne tværfagligt samarbejde og styrke virksomhedskulturen.

I løbet af sensommeren flyttede ingeniørvirksomheden Orbicon ind i sit nye hovedsæde i Høje Taastrup. Den 7.500 kvm store bygning danner arbejdsplads for cirka 300 medarbejdere og er skabt ud fra en vision om, at velfungerende fysiske rammer kan være med til at styrke virksomhedens tværfaglighed og gavne arbejdskulturen. Huset er derfor organiseret ud fra principperne i New Ways of Working, og både organisering og indretning lægger op til såvel fordybelse og arbejdsro som vidensdeling og samarbejde. 

Arkitektonisk vekselvirkning

På baggrund af brugernes input har arkitekterne tegnet et afdæmpet, moderne kontorbyggeri, som er organiseret omkring et centralt omdrejningspunkt – et åbent, lyst og grønt atrium. Det arkitektoniske hovedgreb ligger netop i vekselvirkningen mellem domicilets levende, pulserende kerne og de mere rolige kontorområder, der er placeret langs husets ydre kanter. Åbne, fleksible arbejdspladser er adskilt af små og store mødelokaler og forbundet af levende færdselsårer med uformelle mødesteder. I husets planløsning er der lagt vægt på at skabe optimale dagslysforhold i kontorarealerne, blandt andet via store glaspartier ud til grønne gårdhaver og det omkringliggende landskab. 

Bæredygtighed i fokus

Huset opnår den internationale bæredygtighedscertificering DGNB Guld, og for Orbicon har det været essentielt, at domicilet er bygget med bæredygtige og helhedsorienterede løsninger for øje, hvor energi, drift og vedligehold er tænkt ind i bygningens tekniske og konstruktionsmæssige løsninger. Blandt andet er træet i bygningen FSC-certificeret, der er solceller på taget, og så er der foretaget livscyklusanalyser i forhold til materialevalg.

Orbicons nye domicil er udført i totalentreprise af MT Højgaard i tæt samarbejde med Dissing+Weitling og Orbicon selv, der fungerede som ingeniørrådgiver på byggeriet. Landskabsarkitekterne Kragh & Berglund har tegnet de klimasikrede, japansk inspirerede udearealer og grønne gårdhaver.

Bygningen indvies officielt med en housewarming med taler og overrækkelse af DGNB-certifikatet fredag den 25. august.

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DISSING+WEITLING prækvalificeret til rammeaftaler med Københavns Universitet

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DISSING+WEITLING er prækvalificeret til at afgive tilbud på rammeaftaler om teknisk rådgivning på alle universitetets bygninger. 

Sammen med vores underrådgivere RH Arkitekter og Kristine Jensen er vi udvalgt til at afgive tilbud på alle tre delaftaler for arkitektrådgivning vedrørende vedligeholdelses-, renoverings- og restaureringsopgaver på Københavns Universitets faciliteter. I alt rummer universitetets tre campusområder et etageareal på omkring en million kvadratmeter fordelt på henholdsvis SCIENCE, SUND og SØNDRE CITY.

Renovering og transformering af eksisterende bygningsmasse hører blandt DISSING+WEITLINGs spidskompetencer. Igennem årene har vi tegnet renoveringer og ombygninger som fast tilknyttet arkitektrådgiver for flere af landets stolte institutioner og virksomheder, blandt andet Novo Nordisk, Carlsberg, Folketinget, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Danmarks Nationalbank og Københavns Universitet. 

Blandt andet har vi varetaget den nuværende rammeaftale vedrørende teknisk rådgivning for universitetets bygninger i Indre By i de sidste fire år. I den forbindelse har vi løst en lang række spændende opgaver på flere af universitetets velkendte fredede og bevaringsværdige bygninger, fx Hovedbygningen og Universitetsbiblioteket ved Frue Plads, Kommunehospitalet, Geologisk Museum og Botanisk Have.

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DISSING+WEITLING prækvalificeret til at tegne Udlændingestyrelsen

Som arkitektrådgiver for entreprenørerne Kemp & Lauritzen og BAM skal vi sammen med Sweco tegne stregerne til Udlændingestyrelsens nye 9.500 m2 store administrationsbygning i Næstved. Konkurrencen løber hen over efteråret.

Som arkitektrådgiver i et konsortium med teknikentreprenøren Kemp & Lauritzen A/S i samarbejde med hollandske BAM’s datterselskab BAM Danmark A/S og ingeniørrådgiverne fra Sweco kæmper vi med om et spændende OPP-projekt om at skabe nye lokaler til Udlændingestyrelsen. 

Vores hold er blandt de tre, som Bygningsstyrelsen har udvalgt til at afgive tilbud på det cirka 9.500 m2 store byggeri og den efterfølgende drift og vedligehold i en 20-årig periode. Den nye bygning skal danne arbejdsplads for 350-400 medarbejdere og kommer til at ligge på den såkaldte Posthusgrund mellem Næstved Station og Campus Næstved. 

DISSING+WEITLING har i gennem fire årtier opbygget en ekspertise inden for administrationsbyggeri, domiciler og workspaces. Vores referencer tæller kontorbyggerier for flere af Danmarks mest markante virksomheder, fx Novo Nordisk, MT Højgaard, Danske Bank,  DFDS, Danske Trælast, Storebæltsforbindelsen, ISS, COWI, Rambøll, DR og ECCO, og vi har netop afleveret et nyt domicil til Orbicon.

The Venice Biennale moves to Copenhagen this summer

Visit the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) this summer and see the interesting exhibition Art of Many and The Right to Space from the Danish Pavillon at last year's La Biennale di Venezia di Architettura. 

“The exhibition shows how Danish architects insist on creating high quality architecture to benefit the community as a whole – not just the select few (..) It presents more than 70 architectural practices and in excess of 130 models, which together reveal the extensive social commitment and the humanistic approach that are the hallmarks of Danish architecture.”

DISSING+WEITLING has two projects on show - The Bicycle Snake bicycle bridge in Copenhagen and FBAB, a highly sustainable social housing project currently under construction in Kolding.

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Meet our new restoration specialist

We are pleased to announce that we have added Marie Granholm to our team. Marie is a very experienced architect, having worked on a number of restoration and transformation projects in her elaborate career.

Marie graduated from the Royal Danish Academy’s School of Architecture in 1987. Since then, she has worked for a number of esteemed Danish architecture offices, mainly as project manager on restoration and transformation projects as well as large housing projects, educational and cultural buildings. 

Marie is a strong addition to our small in-house team working on our framework agreement with the University of Copenhagen. The contract covers technical consultancy for the restoration, renovation and refurbishment of the university’s facilities in the heart of Copenhagen. With numerous buildings and more than 200,000 sqm floor space – practically all of which is listed as cultural heritage – there are plenty of interesting and challenging projects for the team to handle.

At the moment, Marie draws on her rich expertise working on the registration, disassembly and reconstruction of the Victoria House (Viktoriahuset). The Victoria House is a beautiful, listed green house from the 1870’s located in the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens, which are also comprised in our framework agreement with the University of Copenhagen. 

DISSING+WEITLINGs seneste renoveringsprojekt netop afleveret

DISSING+WEITLING har transformeret og renoveret en interessant 7-etagers ejendom fra tresserne. Vi omdannede bygningens utidssvarende kontorarealer til attraktive boliger, optimerede bygningens energiforbrug, opdaterede bygningens udtryk og skabte en række øvrige værdioptimerende tiltag.

Renovering og transformering af eksisterende bygningsmasse hører blandt DISSING+WEITLINGs spidskompetencer. Igennem årene har vi tegnet renoveringer og ombygninger som fast tilknyttet arkitektrådgiver for flere af landets stolte institutioner og virksomheder, blandt andet Novo Nordisk, Carlsberg, Folketinget, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Danmarks Nationalbank og Københavns Universitet.

I den forbindelse har tegnestuen akkumuleret en ekspertise i at tegne nænsomme renoveringer og ombygninger, der bevarer den enkelte bygnings ånd og arkitektoniske standard, men samtidig værdioptimerer byggeriet og fører det op til nutidig standard i forhold til funktionel indretning og energiforbrug.

Med renoveringen af Hollænderdybet har vi skabt en bedre udnyttelse af den eksisterende ejendomskonstruktion, og sammen med en række energioptimerende og øvrige værdiskabende tiltag har projektet været med til at give bygningen nyt liv.

Renovering af Hollænderdybet

Den renoverede ejendom ligger på hjørnet af Hollænderdybet og Anders Henriksens Gade ved Amagerbrogade i København. Bygningen er opført i 1964 med en lille tilbygning i 1978 til stueetagens dagligvarebutik. 

Inden omdannelsen havde bygningen en dagligvarebutik og en fraflyttet vvs-butik i stueplan, kontorarealer på 1. sal og boliger på de øvrige etager. Der var ikke længere behov for bygningens utidssvarende kontorlejemål på 1. sal, så DKE, der ejer ejendommen, ønskede at få omdannet etagen til attraktive udlejningsboliger i stedet. 

Førstesalen er nu omdannet til otte attraktive lejligheder, og i samme omgang er facaden langs etagen fremrykket og beklædt med profilerede kobberplader ud mod gaden. Mod bygningens gårdrum er der lavet nye indgangspartier og etableret en stor fælles tagterrasse til beboerne. 

For at imødekomme et manglende friareal er det DKE’s vision, at den nuværende asfalterede gård begrønnes og omdannes til et attraktivt opholdsareal for beboerne under næste etape af renoveringen. I samme omgang udvides stueetagens dagligvarebutik.

Opgaven blev projekteret i tæt samarbejde med ingeniørgruppen Noe Sørensen og udført i storentreprise af BGB.

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DISSING+WEITLING prækvalificeret til projektkonkurrence om udviklingen af området ved Kulkransporet i Aarhus

 Foto: Aarhus Kommune

Foto: Aarhus Kommune

Anført af Transform og i selskab med Lendager, VEGA landskab og Søren Jensen ingeniører skal vi være med til at give et bud på, hvordan området omkring Kulkransporet kan blive en dynamo i udviklingen området. Sydhavnskvarteret skal revitaliseres og omdannes til en bydel kendetegnet ved erhverv, byliv og mangfoldighed.

Sydhavnskvarteret er fyldt med historie og betydning for Aarhus og aarhusianerne. Det tidligere industriområde var et stort aktiv i udviklingen af Aarhus til en moderne storby. Gennem et halvt århundrede var området domineret af tung industri, og kulkranen kørte frem og tilbage på sin høje betonbro og flyttede kul fra skibene på havnen til byens gasværk. Kulkranen er væk for længst, men betonbroen består og skal være omdrejningspunkt i den kommende revitalisering af området. 

Området er nu begavet med et markant kulturmiljø med en god blanding af kunstnere, kreative erhverv. Der er både veletablerede og nyere virksomheder, og der er væresteder for socialt udsatte. Hertil kommer flere bevaringsværdige bygninger og kulturspor i form af byens gamle kødby og det tidligere kraftværk, som er med til at give området sin særlige rå og dragende industrihistoriske karakter. Denne stemning skal naturligvis bevares og styrkes samtidig med at området får et markant nyt byrum, der er attraktivt for alle og skaber nye urbane sammenhænge.

 Foto: Thomas Lillevang

Foto: Thomas Lillevang

”Konkurrencen skal vise, hvordan Kulkransporet kan styrke sammenhængen i hjertet af Aarhus, og hvordan sporet kan knytte de kommende byggerier i Sydhavnskvarteret sammen, samt hvordan erhverv, byliv og social mangfoldighed kan berige hinanden omkring denne nye stærke og venlige forbindelse”, som kommunen skriver i konkurrenceprogrammet.

Aarhus Kommune har planer om at udarbejde en udviklingsplan for hele Sydhavnskvarteret i løbet af 2017. Kommunen har derfor iværksat konkurrencen om Kulkransporet for at kickstarte udviklingen af Sydhavnskvarterets bynære havnearealer, som kommer til at give Aarhus nye centrale bydele, en ny skyline og en række ikoniske byggerier og byrum.

Konkurrencen løber hen over sommeren, og vi glæder os til samarbejdet med de andre rådgivere på vores spændende hold.

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Groundbreaking for the Hising Bridge in Gothenburg

This weekend, we were in Gothenburg to participate in the celebration of the official groundbreaking for the Hising Bridge (Hisingsbron). The City of Gothenburg were the hosts of a beautiful day of events, marking that the construction of the remarkable bridge has now begun. When it is completed in 2021, there is no doubt that the Hising Bridge will be a beautiful landmark for Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city.

Spanning over the central part of Scandinavia's most significant commercial harbor, the Hising Bridge will replace the existing Göta River Bridge (Götaälvbron), dating from 1939. The new bridge is approximately 350 meters long and has a spectacular midsection, which can be raised 28 meters above the water, carried by four distinctive towers. Skanska and MT Højgaard are the contractors responsible of carrying out the remarkable construction, having won the tender in a joint venture last summer. 

The Hising Bridge will become a bridge in central Gothenburg, a street within the city that will lead across the Göta River (Göta Älv) and bind the river shores together for cars, busses, trams, pedestrians and bicycles. There will be a nice public boardwalk on the riverbank, creating an attractive new urban space for the citizens and visitors of the appealing city. The bridge will contribute to enhance the development of the central city on both banks of the river and help create a strong region. 

“The Hising Bridge is not only a bridge. It is a link between people and city districts. It is one piece of the puzzle in the overall plan for the city's development: a portal for shipping and a landmark for Gothenburg.”

In 2013, DISSING+WEITLING won the prestigious invited competition for the design of the bridge, beating a strong field of competitors, including Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and Wilkinson Eyre. We designed the winning proposal in collaboration with engineering firms ELU of Sweden and Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner of Germany. The lighting design for the bridge is by Ljuskontoret (now ÅF Lighting).

New illustrations: Tomorrow/Stadsbyggnadskontoret

News report on SVT (Swedish Television)

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Problem or potential? Urban densification on the agenda at DAC tomorrow

As part of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, the Van Alen Institute International Council and the Danish Architecture Centre present the panel discussion “DRAWING INTERSECTIONS | VISIONS FOR DENSITY IN ARCHITECTURE” – an evening of conversation, presentation, questions, and ideas about how to create desirable and vibrant dense neighborhoods, in Europe and beyond. 

In world of booming populations, what role do architects play in drafting innovative opportunities for density in our cities? How can architects make density desirable to all citizens? Furthermore, what “tricks of the trade” can architects use to add density in historic neighborhoods where new construction is impossible?

At tomorrow’s panel discussion at DAC, you can hear how a number of leading Danish architects tackle these questions. Representatives from Henning Larsen Architects, BIG, 3XN along with Tina Saaby - Chief Urban Designer of City of Copenhagen - and DISSING+WEITLING’s CEO, Steen Savery Trojaborg are among the speakers.

The event is free and open to the public, but you need to register.

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Meet Laura, our newest team member

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Our newest team member is Laura Gobbi, hailing from the palladian town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice. 

Laura graduated from IUAV Universitá di Architettura in Venice in 2015, but has also studied in Barcelona and Paris. Laura focused her master thesis on the relationship between sociology and urban design in collaboration with “L'Atelier International du Grand Paris" under the supervision of two-time winners of the Grand Prix de l´Urbanisme, professors Bernardo Secchi and Paola Vigano. 

Laura has previous competition experience from other renowned offices in Denmark, and continues this work at DISSING+WEITLING. In addition to this, she has been working on the renovation and addition of an auditorium in the multi-flexible office building AB6, designed by DISSING+WEITLING in 2004. 

Groundbreaking on the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in the Philippines

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Yesterday was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). Spanning eight kilometers, the link will connect Cordova with Cebu City and serve as an alternate route to and from the Mactan Cebu International Airport. With its monumental scale, the bridge is certain to become a focal point in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines.

Around 300 officials and stakeholders gathered in Cebu City yesterday to attend the groundbreaking of CCLEX aka Cebu’s Third Bridge Project. The ceremony was celebrated with speeches from the President and other government and local officials as well as the project’s main stakeholders. Several local news media were present and covered the event extensively.

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A landmark for the Cebu Province

The 8-km link is designed by an international team lead by local engineers DCCD Engineering Corporation and COWI in collaboration with DISSING+WEITLING, responsible for engineering and technical advice on behalf of the owner, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation. 

The link’s 400m cable-stayed main span is supported by two single pylons, rising to a height of 145 meters. The pylons feature design references to Magellan’s Cross, which has been an important symbol for the area ever since Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in Cebu in 1521 and baptised the first Christian Filipinos into the Catholic faith. 

Besides the main span bridge with a 60m navigation clearance, the project includes viaduct approach bridges and causeways as well as toll road facilities on an artificial island, which has design references to the eight-rayed sun of the Philippine national flag.

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One of the largest infrastructure projects in the Philippines

CCLEX is currently one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Philippines and will provide a much-needed additional route from Cebu City to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the Philippines. 

Envisioned to bolster trade activities, create more job opportunities and help reduce economic losses due to traffic congestion, the new link is expected to enhance economic growth and productivity in the local Visayas region. 

Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. In the last decade it has transformed into a global hub for shipping, furniture-making, tourism, business processing services, and heavy industry.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer with expected completion in 2022.

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