Cirkelbroen – a step towards an inclusive city


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden


Photo by Anders Sune Berg, for Nordea-fonden

Danish–Icelandic Olafur Eliasson has designed the new Cirkelbroen.


Copenhagen has a new bridge, and maybe even our next landmark, it is Cirkelbroen designed by Danish–Icelandic Olafur Eliasson. The bridge is a present from Nordea-fonden to the city of Copenhagen. It opened 22 August where over 7000 Danes participated in the opening.

Cirkelbroen is located on Christianshavn and enhances an already lively and attractive waterfront. It is expected that 5,000 people will cross the bridge everyday. Olafur Eliasson hopes that people will use the bridge as a meeting place and that the zigzag design of it will encourage them to slow down and take a break.

”Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts. Copenhagen’s harbour was once a centre of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history”, says Olafur Eliasson.

The bridge consists of five circular platforms and it contributes to a larger circle that will form a pedestrian route around Copenhagen Harbour, from where people will see the city from a different perspective.

”In Denmark, there is a strong tradition of focusing on inclusion, on accepting the other – welcoming ideas that we have not yet had, people we have not yet met, and unpredictable encounters. It’s something we all have to work on together, and one way of addressing this is in how we plan public space. Cirkelbroen, I hope, will contribute to improving the quality of life and the development of a hospitable and inclusive city” says Olafur Eliasson.

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