It seems as though all the new residential and commercial projects that push the envelope from a design perspective are constructed outside the United States.
Copenhagen Gate, a hotel/office project designed by Steven Holl Architects in the Denmark city, will break ground in 2016, eight years after being proposed. Perhaps one of the reasons it took so long is that the two towers will be connected by a pedestrian bridge/bike lane suspended 200 feet above the water.
“Each tower carries its own cable-stay bridge between the two piers,” the architect describes on his site. “Due to the site geometry, these bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbor. The soffits below the bridges and under the cantilevers pick up the bright colors of the harbor; container orange on the undersides of the Langelinie tower, bright yellow on the undersides of the Marmormolen tower.”
While the bridge/bike lane may seem a little on the impractical side, it came about as the result of city policy. As Copenhagenize.com points out, buildings in Copenhagen must be within 500 meters of some sort of public transportation, and without the bridge, the Langelinie tower would not meet this requirement.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/copenhagen_hotel_office_project_will_feature_pedestrian_bridge_200_feet_abo/10617
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