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A rotating bridge in Denmark, or how to get to the other side of the canal

12 of June '20

We present another award-winning project in the competition entitled. "The City Link". Students of the University of Arts in Poznań - Alicja Maculewicz and Emilia Dzięgelewska designed an unusual rotating bridge, winning recognition from the international jury.

The project was created in the Spatial Interpretation studio at UAP as part of a semester project for a competition entitled. "The City Link", which was organized by the UNI competitions platform. The main task of the competition was to design a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, performing not only the functions of a bridge, but also being a generator of a new dimension of public space, encouraging the use of ecological means of transport. The design included the placement of service outlets on the bridge and allowing boat traffic within the Copenhagen harbor.

most pokryty jest miedzią mechanizm obrotowy i parking rowerowy

The bridge is covered with patinated copper

© Alicja Maculewicz, Emilia Dzięgelewska

unblocking bridge and two roads

According to the authors of the awarded project:

"The Unlocking Bridgeis our response to the linear way of transportation in today's cities. This linearity means that many modes of transportation follow a road that intersects with another road made available to other modes, forcing traffic participants to stop and wait. Waiting for a green light, for pedestrians to cross or for a bridge to open. In this project, we chose to unlock another crossing option - the rotating arm of the bridge makes it dual in nature.

When the bridge is open, it allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the waters of the harbor, but when it is closed, it creates a shortcut across one of the bays on Christiania Island. Although it is not a brand new road, it offers uninterrupted communication that does not require pedestrians and cyclists to stop and wait.

Mechanizm obrotowy
umożliwia otwarcie mostu

The rotating arm of the bridge creates two roads

© Alicja Maculewicz, Emilia Dzięgelewska

copper inspiration and rotating mechanism

The students took inspiration for the design from Copenhagen buildings. Many of them are covered with patinated copper just like the towers of the nearby Knippelsbro Bridge. The authors decided to refer to them by placing a height dominant on the footbridge that corresponds with its surroundings. It provides multi-level bicycle parking and serves as a landmark. It is where the bridge's rotating mechanism, which moves the wooden truss, is located. It's also where the information desk and bicycle repair facilities were placed, as well as small stores. The truss rests on a fixed element that ramps up to connect the lower and upper green-covered levels of the footbridge.

Check out two other projects: the second-place prize-winning bridge by students from Poznan University of Technology and the award-winning green bridge by Kamila Ziolkowski.

compiled by: Dobrawa Bies

illustrations courtesy of Alicja Maculewicz and Emilia Dzięgelewska

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