Tietgensbroen

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From infrastructure
to urban plaza

Year: Commissioned 2014

Client: Banedanmark

Program: Urban plaza and extension of existing bridge

Size: 10,000 m² with 2,800 parking lots for bicycles

The Tietgensbroen (Tietgen’s Bridge) is located next to Copenhagen Central Station and, because of its location, acts as a gateway for the arrival of many train passengers to Copenhagen. It is an important historical link connecting Copenhagen’s neighborhoods, but today the bridge is a chaotic traffic hub without any cultural function or urban space qualities.

Copenhagen Central Station is the second busiest station in Denmark after Nørreport Station and is therefore an obvious hub between bicycles, trains and buses. The project transforms the existing Tietgensbroen, from being a narrow traffic artery in the city into becoming a unique urban space. An urban space with plenty of space for bicycles without preventing the free movement of the pedestrians.

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Copenhagen is experiencing a renaissance in cyclism these years and is positioning itself as the ’World’s Most Bike-Friendly City’. This has garnered much international attention, as cyclism is seen as the solution to many of the traffic challenges facing major cities around the world.

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Tietgensbroen today. Narrow space for bike parking, bicycles and pedestrians

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The red arches of Copenhagen Central Station, with bike parking along the railing

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A chaotic traffic space filled with piles of bicycles

The world’s best
bike bridge
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Upon arrival at the bridge you will experience an urban space that pays tribute to the bikes. Between the bridge’s flow lines, the bicycle parking is gathered in smaller areas, each of which has its own character and creates diversity in the urban space.

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The bike riders and pedestrians are connected to the flow of the city.

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The bike parking areas are places, where people don’t walk or bike.

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Different types of bicycle parking create diversity in the large urban space with many bicycles.

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The materials and colors of the bridge match the colours of Copenhagen Central Station.

The pavement of the different bike parking areas will match the color tones from the facade of Copenhagen Central Station. The station and the city get a whole new urban space.

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Tietgensbroen becomes an exploratorium of different types of good bicycle parking solutions. It should be easy and straightforward to find a free stand for your bike, and to find the bike again later on.

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There will be an area for city bikes, one for cargo bikes and one with covered bike parking. There will be places where you can get air in your bike and there will be a service van where minor repairs can be done while you wait.

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City bikes

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Cargo bikes

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Bike service

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Covered bike parking

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Bike pump

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Angled bike parking

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The space under Tietgensbroen will appear as part of Copenhagen Central Station. The place will be bright, friendly and transparent and travellers feel safe here at all times of the day.

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Some places the railing of the bridge changes and turns into large roofs that cover areas for bicycle parking. The space between the roofs stages the view and allows people to look at the many trains that come to and from Copenhagen Central Station.

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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: Banedanmark

Program: Urban plaza and extension of existing bridge

Size: 10,000 m² with 2,800 parking lots for bicycles

Year: Commissioned 2014

Collaborators: COWI

Team: Caroline Nagel, Dan Stubbergaard, Johanne Holmsberg, Liv Moodie, Mateusz Mastalski, Morten Emil Engel

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