Copenhagen Gate, a bike lane linking 2 skyscrapers, to rise as iconic Denmark landmark

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Copenhagen Gate
The city is working with a new local plan for Steven Holl Architects’ project for two skyscrapers joined by a pedestrian bridge at the entrance to the historic harbor in Copenhagen. Steven Holl Architects

A unique architectural landmark will soon rise in Denmark. The Copenhagen Gate is a proposal from New York architect Steven Holl to build two skyscrapers in the city’s harbour.

The two skyscrapers would be linked by a pedestrian and bicycle bridge 65 metres above the water surface. Dezeen reports that the proposal, which won a competition for the site, has a construction date timetable beginning in 2016. The Steven Holl Architects won the competition in 2008, but the global financial crisis that year caused the delay in construction.

The skyscrapers would house two hotels and office towers on opposite sides of the harbour. It would be located on Gate L on the side of the Langelinie Pier and Gate M on the side of the Marmormolen wharf side. The architectural firm compares the spans to a handshake, notes Gizmondo.

The 65-metre angular and pedestrian and bike bridge has sufficient clearance for cruise ships to pass under it. Its underside, made of aluminium surfaces, would be lit with coloured bright shades of yellow and orange at night to create reflection on the water underneath the span.

Holl is known for linked skyscraper designs. He is also behind the Linked Hybrid in Beijing, China. It is a group of eight linked tower he designed in 2009. In 2010, he also completed a horizontal skyscraper in Shenzen. Linked Hybrid was awarded “Best Tallest Building in Asia and Australia” and “Best Tall Building Overall” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2009.

Linked Hybrid The 220,000 square meter pedestrian-oriented Linked Hybrid complex, sited adjacent to the site of old city wall of Beijing, aims to counter the current privatized urban developments in China by creating a new twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side.  Steven Holl Architects

However, he also designs other types of project such as a public library in Queens, New York, a Maggie’s cancer-care centre at the St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and a new building for the University of Iowa which are all ongoing projects.

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