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Austrian architect Dietmar Feichtinger designed 2 new bridges in Copenhagen

8. February 2012

Construction start is spring 2012.

In the beginning of February 2012 the Municipality of Copenhagen signed a contract with the Danish contractor E. Pihl & Søn A/S for the construction of the 2 bridges, that will cross the inner harbor of Copenhagen. In this way pedestrians and cyclists from the Southern part of Copenhagen will have more rapid access to the city centre. The advisory team for these 2 bridges consists of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, the Danish contractor E. Pihl & Søn A/S and WTM International Engineers from Hamburg.

The Austrian architect gained international acclaim and awards for his bridges and bridge projects in various cities like Paris, Hamburg and Strasbourg. In Copenhagen, Feichtinger took the lead ahead of internationally renowned firms of architects like Foster+Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects.

A third bridge, designed by Flint & Neill Ltd, will also be constructed by E. Pihl & Søn A/S. The 3 bridges are expected to be finalized in 2013 and will noticeably improve mobility for pedestrians and cyclists. It is expected that 3.000 cylists will cross the inner harbor every day. Once these bridges are completed, Copenhagen will count a total of 10 bridges that can be opened for passing ships.

One of the bridges by Feichtinger will be a threefold bridge that can be opened by a hydraulic mechanism, the other one will be located in the immediate proximity of Copenhagen’s famous Opera House.

The price for Copenhagen’s new bridges will amount to EUR 34 Mio – the main share, EUR 29 Mio, will be financed by the family-controlled foundation of Denmark’s richest man: Arnold Mærsk McKinney Møller, who already made substantial donations to causes both in Denmark and abroad, including the new Copenhagen Opera House directly across the harbor from the royal residence.
The bridge projects by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes