Inderhavnsbroen

Structural Designer

COWI (formerly Flint & Neill)

Client Name

Copenhagen Municipality

Location

Copenhagen, Denmark

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: Pihl & Son and Valmont        

ARCHITECT: Studio Bednarski        

M&E ENGINEERS: Hardesty and Hanover  

LIGHTING CONCEPT: Spiers & Major

STEELWORK FABRICATOR: Vistal

Images: © Cezary Bednorski, Jasper Carlberg

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A beautiful opening pedestrian and cycle bridge across the harbour in the centre of Copenhagen. The bridge operates with a unique rolling mechanism and has become a popular meeting point as well as a well-used crossing of the harbour linking two parts of the city. The engineering of the steel moving spans was complex owing to its unusual and unique geometry. The slender and elegant structure opens several times a day during the busy summer months and is a popular tourist attraction.

Judge's comment:

The Inderhavnsbroen (Inner harbour bridge) operates with a unique rolling mechanism and has become a popular crossing point for commuters and tourists moving through the city. The slender structure opens several times a day during the busy summer months, allowing taller boat traffic to pass through.

The bridge is 250m long, and is made of large, slightly curved, steel box girder sections and reinforced concrete approach structures. The large harbour width compared to the width of the navigation channel allowed the moving steel sections to be fully retracted without encroaching on the adjacent land, and this was one of the main drivers for the elegant structural solution.

With up to 7000 cyclists expected daily, significant congestion is being relieved from other cycling routes, ultimately providing immense value to Copenhagen.