By now I assume that most of you have seen Steven Holl’s wining design for the harbor entrance in Copenhagen. That said, we got this in our mailbox last week [I know, I slept - my fault] from 3XN, showing-off their proposal for the competition. From what I understand, 3XN designed the original masterplan, upon which the competition itself was based – which you can read more about here.
Essentially, the concept of the masterplan is to give the residents of Ã˜sterbro direct access to the harbor and the Sound while creating a ‘gateway’ for the city. Now, I’m not coming down on Holl’s design, but how sexy is this thing 3XN submitted? I mean, I’m not even necessarily a fan of this kind of curvy architecture usually – but this makes Holl’s proposal look dated and clunky by comparison.
The design results from an evolution of three forms: a low, broad structure to the West [Marmormolen], a high-rise tower to the East [Langeliniekaj], and a ‘classic’ arched bridged to connect the two and span the water. The three forms then twist and melt together, emulating the flowing movement of the water, and the directionality of the desired movement across/through the site. Sick.
From the architects:
A bridge spanning a body of deep water, providing the only dry connection between two stretches of land, is one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the landscape. Another classical element is the town gate, which marks the boundary between the countryside and the town, and â€˜containsâ€™ the town, physically, structurally and aesthetically.
3XNâ€™s proposal for a construction on Marmormolen in Copenhagen is both: a town gate and a bridge that links Marmormolen with Langeliniekaj, creating a new coherent area in Copenhagen Harbor.
The towers and the bridge constitute one single, floating dynamic movement, characterized by the bold span across the harbor entrance in terms of both the plan design and the facade. Establishing a connection across the harbor radically improves public access and creates brand new opportunities for life and growth in the area.
On both sides of the harbour entrance there is, in terms of both architecture and development, a movement towards the water, which is reinforced by the urban traffic patterns and the public flow in general. Extending this movement in an arch across the harbour creates a progression that connects the buildings on either side of the harbour. While the tall tower will be perceived as a natural extension of the existing buildings on Langeliniekaj, the lower tower on the opposite side will be bound to the coming development on Marmormolen: in towards Ã˜sterbro in a snake that forms the desired noise screen; and towards the water in a more open construction which opens up for views. On the Marmormolen side, pedestrians will emerge onto the gently arching bridge from the towerâ€™s central atrium. On the Langelinie side, when you step ashore, so to speak, from the bridge, it will be possible to take a lift down to the foyer. A key element in the design has been to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists will experience the public link across the harbour as a continuous route and as an easily accessible continuation of the infrastructure on both sides.
::Special AMNP thanks to Lise of 3XN for the email/links/info::