Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST
The inauguration of a new transportation hotspot Køge North Station is taking place today, introducing a spectacular pedestrian bridge, a station and parking facilities to the public. Køge North Station is not only a significant crossing for sustainable mobility but also a unique example of Danish architecture and engineering.
A new public transportation gate to Copenhagen has become a reality, bringing crowds effectively to and from the Danish Capital. Køge Municipality and the rest of the region now have a landmark of international dimensions: a futuristic 225 meters long pedestrian bridge and station running above highspeed train tracks and an eight-lane motorway. The station is expected to serve six local trains and three regional highspeed trains per hour per direction, with around 90,000 daily passengers passing the crossing.
Køge North Station’s design cater for the good travel experience where people passing the pedestrian bridge can enjoy an open view to the North yet having a calming wooden construction to the South for intimacy. The bridge has dedicated zones for both movement and for sojourn. The goal was to create an inviting space and not just a standard transportation facility for the 8,000 people that are expected to use the station daily.
Jens Sandager Jensen, Senior Vice President for Bridges Scandinavia at COWI states: “Køge North Station is a complex bridge construction raised above challenging building conditions over railroads and a highway. To lift and install the six sections - the heaviest lift being 195 tonnes and the longest span over the highway 58 meters long - while minimising disturbance of the traffic, has required careful premeditation of solutions, safety and timing. As the consulting engineers, it will be a great pleasure to witness the many passengers use the station in their daily lives.”
The architects behind Køge North Station are COBE and DISSING+WEITLING while COWI acted as the consulting engineer.