Train Station Is An Innovative Tubular Bridge, Sustainable Future Symbol

Pedestrians - Køge Nord Station Bridge - Our Explorers

[the_ad id=”883″]A team led by Danish architecture firm COBE have bested three firms, creating the winning design for the Køge North Station, a new high speed rail interchange in Køge, a town 28 miles south of Copenhagen.

The Køge Bay Motorway is the busiest highway in Denmark, leading into Copenhagen alongside a local rail line. Soon, a new double-track high-speed rail line will be available, providing commuters and travelers with a more efficient means of traveling to and from the city. To support the new high-speed trains, a new transit station was needed.

Train Station - Køge Nord Station Design - Our Explorers

Train Station - Køge Nord Station Interior Design - Our Explorers


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A team led by COBE, collaborating with Dissing+Weitling and COWI, is responsible for the winning plan in an international competition to design the station, creating a pedestrian-first solution that includes a green park combined with easy public transit access.

Train Station - Køge Nord Station - Our Explorers

“We have designed a symbol of the development that the City of Køge is currently undergoing – a development characterised by innovation, pioneering spirit and audacity,” said COBE founder and creative director Dan Stubbergaard.

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“This development will be reflected and materialised in the bridge and the surrounding park and ride facility that besides being the traffic junction of the region, also will be a distinctive landmark for the area and a symbol of Denmark’s strive towards a sustainable future,” he said.

Train Station Tubular Bridge - Køge Nord Station - Our Explorers

The design is centered around a 225-metre-long tubular bridge, the exterior clad with prefabricated steel plates, chosen to match the materials of the surrounding infrastructure system, stretching across the motorway.

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Within the bridge, pedestrians are greeted with warm wooden lamellae, views to the north and the landscape beyond, with public seating and rest areas available. The interior offers protection from the sun with a closed off south-facing exterior.

Internal - Tubular Bridge - Køge Nord Station - Our Explorers

“The difference between the open side in the north and the closed side in the south, gives room for both vista and intimacy, movement and repose, and contributes to the experience, atmosphere and joy of traveling,” said Dissing+Weitling’s Steen Savery Trojaborg.

(COBE Dissing+WeitlingCOWI)

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