One of the most expensive but at the same time most liveable cities in Europe is Denmarks capital Copenhagen – the biking metropole.
Area: 88.25 km2
Famous Landmark: The Little Mermaid
Cirkelbroen bridge crosses the Christianshavn canal in Copenhagen. The curved circular bridge is an idea of the Danish artist Olafur Elíasson, who was inspired by Icelandic fishing boats. The playful, 40-meter-long transition connects the Christiansbo district with the Applebys Plads. It consists of five differently sized and irregularly connected circular platforms.Each of these platforms is supported by a single mast.
A railing in a strong orange connects the circles. The two middle platforms of the circular bridge can be moved so that the navigation in the harbor is not interrupted. This creates a 9 m wide passage. Smaller ships and the popular kayaks easily fit under the platforms. The bridge looks especially charming at night when the red LEDs on the railings illuminate the bridge, so that the lights are reflected on the water of the Christianshavn Canal.
Address: Johan Semps Gade, København K, Denmark
Traditional Danish pastry meet Japanese influences in this Copenhagen bakery. The bakery Andersen (named after the author of fairy tales and other children’s books) was opened by a baker family from Japan. Shunsuke Takaki came on a study trip to Copenhagen in 1959 and fell in love with the Danish style of baking. When he returned to Japan, he baked bread and cakes following Danish recipes. He would have liked to return to Copenhagen to open a bakery there, but his son and daughter realized his dream for him. The company may have grown – and today it is far from the small bakery around the corner – but the product does not suffer. The pastries are still made by trained bakers and loved by the customers.
Address: ANDERSEN BAKERY EUROPE A/S • Thorshavnsgade 26 • 2300 København S
Arne Jacobsen (1902 – 1971) is considered one of Denmark’s most important architects and designers of the 20th century. His designs followed the style of functionalism. He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Already as a 23-year-old, he received the Silver Medal at the World’s Fair in Paris – the first of many honorary titles to follow in his life. Among his main works are: the town halls in Århus, Søllerød, Rødovre and Glostrup, the SAS (Royal Hotel) building in Copenhagen, Munkegårds school in Gentofte, Toms Fabrikker in Ballerup, Denmark’s National Bank and St. Cathrine’s College in Oxford. In 1932 Arne Jacobsen began his collaboration with Fritz Hansen, and over the years he designed a series of chairs and armchairs, for example, „The Ant“ (1951), „The Egg“ (1957) and „The Swan“ (1957).
With the new building named „BLOX“, designed by the Dutch office „Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA“, Copenhagen has a new landmark at the harbour. In May 2018, the eye-catching building was opened in the city’s former industrial harbour. It is composed of green shiny glass cubes, which refer to the harbor containers that used to be found here. The color scheme of the new building is similar to that of the water. BLOX is designed as a „city in the city“ and includes a 5700 square meter office space with both fixed offices and coworking areas – with a restaurant, a café, a shop, a playground, a fashion museum and a fitness center. There are also private apartments, a parking garage and the Danish Design Museum. The traffic of Copenhagen’s busiest road runs under the building and relieves the harbour area.
At the heart of the building at the harbour the new rooms of the Danish Architecture Center DAC occupy about one third of the building. With this location and size, the DAC is unique in the world for an architecture center. The design shop has the largest selection of books on architecture and city planning to be found in Denmark. In the café and restaurant and on its three spacious rooftop terraces you can enjoy a coffee or nordic dishes with a spectacular view over the harbour.
Address: Danish Architecture Center, Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473 København K