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, but construction had been delayed for economic reasons. Work on the ‘Copenhagen Gate’ is now set to start in 2016.
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.