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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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