Who says bridges have to be linear? Olafur Eliasson's pedestrian bridge just opened in Copenhagen and it looks amazing. Called Cirkelbroen bridge, the name reflects its unique circular shape. Inspired by the artist's childhood in Denmark and Iceland, this spectacular design mimics a collection of crowded boat decks for pedestrians to hop onto and cross the waterway. More details after the jump.
Danish foundation Nordea-fonden commissioned the construction of the pedestrian bridge to span Copenhagen‘s Christianshavn canal. The final design is around 40 meters long (131 feet) and can be opened to allow boats to pass through. Each of the five circular platforms has its own mast-just like sailboats– and evoke the artist’s first impressions of harbors from his childhood spent in Denmark and Iceland.
It is expected that some 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists will use the bridge daily. It will become part of a larger route around Copenhagen Harbor, where cyclists and pedestrians can observe the city from different perspectives. The zigzagging bridge is meant to slow down cyclists and inspire them to take a break and enjoy the views.
Photos via Olafur Eliasson