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Bridge Development, Teglværkshavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Teglvaerksbroen – design by HVIDT ARKITEKTER

17 Feb 2010

Teglværk Bridge



The Teglværk Bridge serves to connect the two islets of the harbour, Teglværkshavnen, and gather the new urban area in one harmonic unit. The development of the area is a part of the plan towards improved development and utilisation of the harbour.

Teglværkshavnen and its recreational qualities will enrich the whole city. The bridge is fundamental to the creation of an interrelated infrastructure in the area. Partly, it functions as connector for pedestrians, cyclists and automotive traffic across the canal, partly, enable sailing traffic under the bridge.

Teglvaerksbroen, Copenhagen

The bridge is shaped like a slim and simple bascule bridge with a minimum degree of support and will appear as a discrete line above the surface of the water. The line, will however, be broken by two simple and light twin triangles by which the bridge will permit passage. The two triangles represent the central aesthetic element of the bridge and will stand as two notable figures towards the sea.

As such, the bridge will be visible from a long distance, and the geometrical equality of the triangles with the sails of the boats will make the bridge a natural figure in the maritime settings and unite the different types of traffic in the area. The bridge will be the most important unifying element of Teglværkshavnen and will be visible and recognisable. A symbol for the whole area.

Teglværk Bridge Teglværk Bridge Copenhagen Teglvaerksbroen Copenhagen

In accordance with the light and simple character of the bridge, the lighting of the bridge will be subdued and elegant. In order to highlight its significant position and special character in the city scene, the two triangle constructions, however, will be marked with bottom lamps which will light the inner sides of the triangles. This accent light is considerate as well as characteristic and will contribute to creating a balance between the general lighting of the area and the lighting of the bridge.

Competition proposal in invited competition, 2008. The project is planned for completion in 2011.

Teglværk Bridge – Information

Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark
Length: 97 m
Lead Consultant / engineering: ISC Rådgivende Ingeniører

Teglværksbroen images / information from HVIDT ARKITEKTER


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