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Inderhavnsbroen (Inner Harbour Bridge)​

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​Affectionately nicknamed the “Kissing Bridge” by locals, the uniquely and ingeniously designed Inderhavnsbroen (Inner Harbour Bridge) links Copenhagen’s inner city with the urban area of Christianshavn.

​In 2009 COWI and Studio Bednarski won an international competition for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over Copenhagen’s Inner Harbour. The design was created with assistance from Hardesty & Hanover (M&E), Speirs and Major Associates (lighting) and COWI A/S (geotechnical design).

The winning scheme is an ingenious design for a unique sliding bridge in which two sculpted box girders form the moving spans that gently kiss when they slide together at the centre. The bridge has thus affectionately been named by some as Kissenbroen (The Kissing Bridge).

The bridge has a low profile combined with transparency and a sinuous formon plan. Besides its subtlety and minimal obstruction to views along and across the harbour, the bridge’s main attraction is that people can stand on four horizontal viewing platforms on the fixed concrete approach spans right at the edge of the navigation channel, even when the bridge is open.

The design of the box girders involved innovative triangulated inner webs resulting in a delightful faceted form that provides a hidden spectacle to vessels passing below the bridge.

COWI provided extensive supervision of the steelwork fabrication and all site activities. The bridge was open to the public in the summer of 2016 and has dramatically improved transit routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the heart of Copenhagen and the developing area to the east, which includes the Opera House.

LAST UPDATED: 07.03.2017