A new pedestrian bridge designed by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has been inaugurated in Copenhagen, where its maritime-inspired design creates a walkway spanning the Christianshavn Canal.
For his “Cirkelbroen”, Eliasson took inspiration from sailboats in creating a series of five circular platforms, each with its own central mast.
With its non-linear design, the bridge aims to encourage those crossing it to reduce their speed, possibly using it as a meeting point or taking a break before they continue on their way. Eliasson hopes it will not just provide a new route but actually create a new urban space of its own.
“To hesitate on our way is to engage in bodily thought. I see such introspection as an essential part of a vibrant city.”
It is expected that more than 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians will cross the bridge daily as they travel between the Christiansbro area and Applebys Plads. In linking those areas, the Cirkelbroen makes the waterfront more accessible to walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
A swivel design, meanwhile, allows it to clear the way for boats traveling along the canal. Eliasson said the bridge “celebrates pedestrians” and reflects “the daily life and intimacy that you will find around the canal.”