Copenhagen’s Inderhavnsbro – Inner Harbour Bridge
It’s no secret that Copenhagen continues to invest massively in bicycle infrastructure like no other city on the planet. The network is already comprehensive and effective but the City continues to add important links, especially over the harbour and the canals.
hbourhood and the southern neighbourhoods beyond.
The Inner Harbour Bridge was riddled with problems and was extremely delayed, as you can read here. Now, however, it’s been open since July 2016.
massive success. But sometimes you can see the forest for the trees. I’m sorry, but Inderhavnsbro is a stupid, stupid bridge.
It fulfills it’s primary function of allowing people to cross a body of water. But it is a cumbersome, beastly thing that is completely and utterly out of place in the delicate urban, historical and architectural context of its location. A fantastic overcomplication of the simple, timeless art of bridges that open and close. Designed by an architect named Cezary Bednarski from an architecture bureau will roots in two countries where cycling is no longer mainstream transport, it has failed miserably in respecting the basic concepts of bicycle urbanism and the established standards for infrastructure and facilities. By the looks of it, Studio Bednarski didn’t even bother to understand them.
If you need to put warning signs on a design, it is basically a crappy design. Period.
The grade to get up the bridge also ignores Best Practice standards for bicycle infrastructure. In this article you can read how most standards were established in the 1920s and 1930s. The architect probably thought “bike” and a spandexy dude on a race bike popped into his head. I have seen a few people get off and walk up the incline, but most just muscle their way up. The bridge is too steep. It is not designed for a mainstream bicycle city and the architect didn’t bothering researching the fact that we have 40,000 cargo bikes filled with kids and goods in Copenhagen.
having so many problems that another bridge was built next to it, to be used when the fancy bridge breaks down. Is that where we are heading in Copenhagen?
The bridge is nothing more than “magpie architecture“. A shiny object that attracted the favour of the people who selected it. Seduced by bling and fake innovation instead of being guided by timeless rationality and basic design principles. It follows in the sad tradition of Squiggletecture, where bridges and facilities are designed by architects who don’t understand the users.