Danish Building Bridge

The Danes are renowned for their considered and subtle design. However, in these times of change, they must feel they need something with this selection of a bridge building as the winner of a recent architectural competition in Denmark. The American architect Steven Holl designed this building with a pedestrian bridge that links two sides of the harbour in the distinctly low-rise Copenhagen. Full of many sustainable features, such as wind turbines that power the pedestrian bridge, the design aims to ensure that Copenhagen has a striking harbour gateway that is also a literal link. As supporters of contemporary development, this example has unfortunately left us feeling underwhelmed. There is something so awkward about the whole thing, a lacking in proportion that seems to miss the point of the qualities of that place. Then again, those qualities could belong to the ‘old’ Copenhagen.