Køge Nord Station

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Designing
green mobility

Year: First prize in competition 2014, completed 2019

Client: Banedanmark, City of Køge and DSB

Program: Train station, pedestrian bridge and park and ride facility

Size: 225 m pedestrian bridge and 32,000 m² park and ride facility

Køge Nord Station is not only a traffic hub for the entire Copenhagen region, connecting high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in Denmark; it is also a distinctive landmark for green mobility. The project consists of a 225-meter-long footbridge, a train station and an associated park-and-ride facility. The north side of the bridge provides a stunning 180-degrees panoramic view of the landscape and traffic lines. Clad with wooden slats, the inside of the bridge becomes a warm and welcoming space, while the outside has a rougher expression with aluminum plates matching the materials of the surrounding infrastructural system. Hovering above the motorway, the pedestrian bridge serves as a visual invitation to thousands of people commuting by car to choose the more sustainable option of parking the car at the station and taking the train, thus saving both time and money and reducing their carbon footprint.

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Considered "the new gateway to Copenhagen", the station connects the Danish capital and the neighboring Scandinavian countries with the western part of Denmark and the bordering regions of Germany.

cobe koge nord station diagram

The project also contains a huge park-and-ride facility, where people can park their car and take the express train to Copenhagen, travelling the 40-km distance in just 20 minutes.

The station is built over two important railway lines as well as Denmark’s busiest stretch of motorway, the Køge Bay motorway, with nearly 100,000 cars passing daily. The new hub enables more efficient and sustainable transport to and from the capital, thereby helping to reduce car congestion throughout the metropolitan area.

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Every day, thousands of cars slow to a crawl on the Køge Bay motorway, leading to an estimated 40,000 hours wasted per day. On average, drivers could reduce their travel time to and from Copenhagen by 30 minutes each day by taking the train from the Køge Nord Station both ways.

The covered bridge will serve as a visual invitation to thousands of people commuting by car to choose the more sustainable option of parking their vehicle and taking the train, saving both time and money as well as reducing their carbon footprint.

cobe koge nord station detail
cobe koge nord station interior detail
cobe koge nord station interior detail

The Køge Nord Station hub is planned for more than 2,000 cars in the future equal to just 2% of the cars travelling the motorway. This will save 80,000 km travelled back and forth daily and approximately 8,000 tons CO₂ annually.

Nudging motorists to
choose green mobility
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Connecting the new double-track high-speed rail line between Ringsted and Copenhagen, the futuristic design of Køge Nord Station is apt for the surrounding area, which is currently undergoing a tremendous transformation.

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The covered pedestrian bridge is designed as a performative shell protecting the users from noise, excessive light and both cold and hot weather.

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Exterior facade and interior cladding

The exterior cladding is based on a tried-and-tested metal solution. Inside, the bridge has oak panelling, which provides a warm atmosphere and is able to withstand the wear and tear that must be expected for a public space.

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Panoramic views

The north side of the bridge is completely transparent and offers a 180-degree panoramic view.

cobe koge nord station diagram

Orientation

The bridge is oriented to screen the light from the south to prevent overheating of the interior space.



cobe koge nord station diagram

Thermal envelope

The bridge has natural ventilation, with air inlets and outlets throughout the length of the structure.

cobe koge nord station interior end view
cobe koge nord station exterior end

The south facade of the bridge is closed, while the north facade is open, providing a stunning 180-degree panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The view can be enjoyed either standing, walking or seated comfortably on the built-in furniture along the south-facing wall.

cobe koge nord station interior people
cobe koge nord station interior people

The wooden panelling that covers the interior walls lends the interior of the bridge a warm and welcoming feel. The interior space is contrasted by the smooth, cool aluminum exterior.

cobe koge nord station exterior people
cobe koge nord station interior inspectors

Promoting “the good travel experience”, the bridge offers views of the outside and an intimate feel as well as a good flow and zones for pausing. The nine-meter-wide tubular bridge provides qualities that go beyond the purely functional and practical purposes of an ordinary train station.

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cobe koge nord station exterior green path

The traffic hub comprises not only of the station and its spectacular footbridge, but also an associated park and ride facility.

cobe koge nord station exterior structure
cobe koge nord station exterior end dusk

Location: Køge, Denmark

Client: Banedanmark, City of Køge and DSB

Program: Train station, pedestrian bridge and park and ride facility

Size: 225 m pedestrian bridge and 32,000 m² park and ride facility

Year: First prize in competition 2014, completed 2019

Collaborators: DISSING+WEITLING architecture, COWI, Bladt Industries

Awards: MIPIM Award 2015 Finalist - Best Futura Project

Team: Alberte Danvig, Andreas Jørgensen, Anis Souissi, Antonia Szabo, Birk Folke Daugaard, Christian Sander, Clement Bue Maali, Cristina Marigo, Dan Stubbergaard, David Boss Jessen, Dorte Buchardt Westergaard, Giacomo Pizzo, Iben Marie Borbye Pedersen, Io Maria Andersen Schønherr, Johan Lund Pedersen, Line Wej Herdel, Mads Birgens Kristensen, Martina Pedersen, Matilda Andersson, Matti Hein Nørgaard, Mette Marie Stahl Pedersen, Mikkel Reedtz Morris, Peter Laust Røhr Hønnicke, Rasmus Bernhard Nielsen, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Rasmus Jessing, Rune Boserup Jacobsen, Sigrid Marie Poulsen, Sonia Bom, Teresa Fernández Rojo.

Photographer: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST