Young and ambitious design practice Danish-American MLRP come up with an original design solution for crossing Copenhagen Central Park, Denmark: the Woven Bridge. Starting with the idea to create a bridge that would blend into the landscape of the park but at the same time create a structure that has its own identity and personality, they have succeeded to design Woven Bridge which can be seen as a modern interpretation of a classical steel pedestrian bridge. It consists of a slim structure with a simplified ornamentation appropriate to its surroundings steel railing, which resembles a continuous woven thread which makes the bridge more of a design object than a practicality. To make the transition between pedestrian bridge and nature more refined, architects concealed the foundations under the steel structure. It features a continuous wood handrail as a contrasting material to the steel structure, on which the overlapping, standard round steel bars creates a double mesh, which varies in openness and pattern dependent on ones perspective. Woven Bridge is designed entirely from recyclable materials.

Photos: © Jens Lindhe.

 Project details:

Project type: Bridge Design Site: Copenhagen Central Park
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2012
Client: City of Copenhagen and a donation from the Fund of Mærsk McKinney-Møller & wife Chastine McKinney-Møller
Engineer: Grontmij – Carl bro
Landscape: Ghb Landscape
Contractor: C.G. Jensen
Architects: MLRP aps, architecture research development