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The Copenhagen Kissing Bridge – A Bashful Landmark

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This opening bridge was the winner in an international design competition held by Copenhagen City Council during 2009. The elegant but subtly understated bridge has an opening span of 55m, a total length of 240m carries pedestrians and cyclists across the harbour between the heart of the city and the Opera House.

The central steel opening part is 7m wide and has a unique sliding mechanism, rolling back between the two fixed approaches, each 4m wide, with one for cyclists and one for pedestrians. This unique opening system creates an experience which is expected to become a popular city centre attraction as well as an important new transport corridor for cyclists and pedestrians.

This paper describes the design concept and evolution, and addresses the integration of architectural ideals and engineering requirements to produce a solution sensitive to its urban context.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2014

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