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The Inner Harbor Bridge, Copenhagen – The Story Behind It

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The Story Behind the Inner Harbor Bridge, Copenhagen

The Inner Harbor Bridge binds Nyhavn and the islands of Christianshavn together and is frequently used on a daily basis. To build a bridge across the channel sounds simple though, right? Yet, it took ages to finalize, why? Here’s the story behind the project and why it took so long to finish.

Let’s take a step back

The Inner Harbor Bridge, or Inderhavnbroen as the locals would say, is a 180-meter, 590 ft, long bridge connecting Nyhavn and the islands of Christianshavn together. Prior to this bridge, the only way across the channel between the two busy parts was by boat. Otherwise, you could walk, or bike, about 600 meters south of here to the closest bridge, which was a bit of a hassle, obviously. So, the idea of the bridge was contemplated and debated about for years, until they finally decided to give the project a green light and began construction in 2011 with a completion date in 2013.

The “Kissing” design

The Inner Harbour Bridge has got an entirely new design, with two retractable platforms that can separate the bridge when needed to let boats and ships get through with no issues at all. This is where the nickname “the Kissing Bridge” comes from. This was meant to be a revolutionizing design unique to Copenhagen, which means that it came at a price, a steep one, 200 million DKK, about €27 million. With a project of this magnitude, you’d expect every detail to be exact and everything to work out well. However, pivot that idea and you’re closer to reality. This is where it went wrong…

“Trust me, I’ve got this!”

2012 comes along and right away there’s something wrong. The supporting beams are 60cm, just under 2 ft, too tall! This is a nightmare which delayed the project for 4 months. As the retractable platforms arrived from Spain in 2013 they showed some serious flaws, but the project had to keep going! Soon enough, the third issue came up, the surface had started to crack and needed immediate reinforcements. As the summer passed and more flaws needed to be addressed, the main contractors declared bankruptcy and stopped all work on the bridge for 9 months.

In December, a storm hits Copenhagen and floods the machine room and 2 engines beyond repair. At this point, it’s past the original completion date and the cost is rising. But, a new polish contracting group takes over the project! As the construction continues, in 2015 one of the draw-wires connected to the retractable platforms snapped, which means more delays!

As 2016 came along, they discovered that the wheel-system that retracts the platforms was too weak. This called for an entirely new system which was finished in April of 2016. On top of that, in May 2016 the cold water mixed with the warm spring air made the bridge bend and skew more than intended. However, this is something they should’ve seen coming, as the same thing happens more or less every year in Copenhagen.

Completion

After a nightmare-project filled with problems, it was finally opened in July of 2016 with another 100 million DKK added to the bill, which is now at a total of 300 million DKK. This creates the next issue, who’s going to pay? Think about that one…

Today though, it stands as the majestic bridge it was designed to be. It’s used daily by thousands and thousands of pedestrians and bikers.

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The Carpark Festival in Copenhagen 27 & 28 July 2018

Carpark Festival Kopenhagen

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The Carpark Festival in Copenhagen 27 & 28 July 2018

It’s July and Copenhagen is jam-packed with festivals including the Carpark Festival 2018 with up & coming artists, art, street food, and fun activities.

Not your “usual” festival

Foreningen Carpark Festival, the association that organizes the festival, believes that culture truly can make a difference and bring people together. Their vision of being the “banner leaders for the creation of innovative cultural projects that bring people together” drives them to utilize the city’s space to create movements for and by citizens.
Hence, the festival is not your “usual” festival. It only includes up and coming artists as well as art installations, street food, and alternative, fun activities. They call it Copenhagen’s coziest festival, which to us sound very appealing.

The talent

As mentioned earlier, there will only be up and coming artists present and performing on the stage. Altogether we’re looking at 20 artists, spread over two days within the genres of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic music.
Some of them are Artifact Collective, Ravi Kumar, KOPS, Takykardia, Hôy la, VAKT, Baby Pool, Bette, Klaptrae, MONTI, MANILA and mono mono.
Aside from 20 artists performing on stage, you will most likely see other artists as well, whether they’re making food, art or something else.

When, where and cost?

The street festival will be held at the recreational space ‘Under Bispeengbuen’, which is here, on the 27th and 28th of July 2018. You can easily walk there from Fuglebakken St. and Nørrebro St. If you want to head there by public transport, you can catch the buses 250S and 4A. Parking should be available for both cars and bikes nearby. There is no entry fee, just walk in and enjoy the day. Could it get any better?

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Copenhagen Opera House – Architecture and History

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Copenhagen Opera House – Architecture and History

Copenhagen Opera House – Architecture and History. The Copenhagen Opera House is among some of the most modern Opera Houses in the world. It’s beautiful to look at and very well equipped, but what about the history of it? In this blog post, we explain the whole story behind this majestic building. Enjoy!

History

The whole project was a donation by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation to the Danish state. The politicians of Denmark questioned the donation since the whole project would be tax deductible. In 2000, the project got a green light and construction began in the year 2001.

With the construction of the opera house completed in October 2004, the inauguration took place in January 2005. The Copenhagen Opera House is one of the worlds most modern, and well-equipped, opera houses in the world. It’s also among the most expensive opera houses with construction costs exceeding US$500 million.

The location of the opera house is directly opposite the main castle in Copenhagen, Amalienborg, across the water. This means that people outside the opera house are able to look across the water, through the garden and castle of Amalienborg all the way to Frederik’s Church, the Marble Church, and vice versa.

Architecture and Layout

The architect of the Copenhagen Opera House, Henning Larsen, worked together with Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, which proved to be problematic. Mærsk had requests that would not practically work. The building seems to be on an island, due to the canals surrounding it. Oak trees planted in the early 19th century, originally purposed to recover the Danish fleet after the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, were used for the bridges that lead to the opera house, thus honoring the marine history of its location.

The first design of the building had large glass panels all over the front with the goal of displaying the shell of the auditorium even from the outside. The design was changed to a metal grid with smaller glass panels by Mærsk who thought that the large glass panels wouldn’t age well.

The foyer floor is covered with Sicilian Perlatino marble and the central foyer is further decorated with three large chandeliers designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The logotype for the opera house, designed by Per Arnoldi, is visible on the marble floor, just inside the entrance, and four other logo’s where created in bronze by Per Kirkeby and placed on the walls in the auditorium. Per Arnoldi also designed the front curtain for the mainstage with a three-dimensional look made from multiple color threads.

Treated maple decorates the rear wall of the foyer and balcony faces with the intention of looking like wood from an old violin. About 105 000 pure carat (100%) gold leaves are covering the ceiling in the auditorium.

Facts

  • Rooms: 1000+
  • Area: 41 000 m²
  • Floors: 14, 5 of which are located underground.
  • Stages: Mainstage + 5 stages directly connected.
  • Seats: 1703 to 1492, dependant on the size of the orchestra.
  • Architects & Engineers: Henning Larsen (A), Ramboll & Buro Happold (E)  with A.P Møller as the executive.
  • Acoustics: Arup Acoustics
  • Lighting: Speirs and Major Associates
  • Orchestral pit: One of the largest in the world. 110 rooms with excellent soundproofing for the musicians.
  • Cost: US$500 000 000+
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Where to hang out in Copenhagen this Spring?

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Photo by Nicolai Perjesi

May is literally around the corner and we are thrilled! We can’t wait to have picknicks in parks, go on bike tours and just sit down and relax in the sun with a good cup of coffee. Here’s where we will hang out in Copenhagen this Spring.

The University Garden – Landbohøjskolens Have
Whenever you’re feeling sick and tired of the many people in the inner-city, we head to The University Gardens. Located by Grønnegårdsvej in the area of Frederiksberg hides an old, romantic garden that holds a collection of cultivated, beautiful plants. It’s was built in 1858 with a rose garden, flower beds, a pond, a creek and much more. The central part of The University Garden is known as the romantic garden.

By the colorful houses of Gråbrødretorv
Despite its vicinity to Strøget, it always seems to be peaceful and quiet at Gråbrødretorv. During Spring, Summer and early Autumn, you can sit in the outdoor seating area of one of the many restaurants located here. The cobblestoned square is located by colorful houses and a big plane tree in the middle.

Ice-cream break at Sankt Hans Torv
The perfect place to look at people and rest your legs? Sankt Hans Torv! It’s the biggest public square in the city district Nørrebro. By the square, you’ll find the largest and oldest church in the area, but it’s the people watching that’s best here. As the square is the meeting point of not two streets but six: Blegdamsvej, Nørre Allé, Guldbergsgade, Elmegade, Fælledvej and Sankt Hans Gade.

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Three festivals to attend in Copenhagen in April 2018

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Photo by Urban House

Copenhagen is a vibrant city throughout the whole year if you ask us, and April is sure no exception. Here are three tips on festivals you can attend in Copenhagen in April 2018.

48HOURS FESTIVAL in Nørrebro
From the 27-29th of April, the culture festival 48HOURS Festival hits off in the bohemian area of Nørrebro. There will be concerts, workshops, street parties and art exhibitions. The program will be published here.

Cherry-blossoms at Copenhagen Sakura Festival
The blooming of the flowers in Langelinie Park is a big happening in the city. 200 cherry blossom trees in the park blooming are the definition of Spring’s arrival if you ask us! To celebrate the Sakura trees, the Copenhagen Sakura Festivals takes place every year. In 2018, the dates are 28 – 29th of April. Expect Japanese traditions, culture, and atmosphere. Read more about the festival on Copenhagen Sakura Festival’s website.

Friday Rock at Tivoli
Starting the 13th of April, Friday’s will contain a bit more rock n’ roll, at least in the amusement park Tivoli. It’s then that Friday Rock starts for the season. The schedule for the whole season of Fredagsrock (meaning Friday Rock) can be found here. The concerts are included in the price of the entrance fee to Tivoli.

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What to see and do in Copenhagen?

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Copenhagen is a big city and it has lots of features, areas, and points of interests. Which you should see, or what you should focus on, depends entirely on what kind of interest you have. However, to narrow it down to the things (we think) you really need to see, we made you a check-list of what the city is most known for. 

Nyhavn, the colorful line of buildings overlooking the canal. This area has been popular since day one, and you’ll totally understand why once you arrive. The cafés and restaurants lined up on the cobblestoned streets, the people strolling, seamen working on their boats…
– The public squares and streets! Kungens Nytorv, Sankt Annæ Plads, and Rådhuspladsen are all car-free squares situated in the middle of the city.
Kongens Have (the King’s Garden). The park linked to Rosenborg Castle is a fantastic place to stroll or have a picknick in during Summer.
Tivoli Gardens, because regardless the season and weather this amusement park is truly a magic wonderland.

If you want a full travel guide for Copenhagen and what to see and do in every district, go to our travel guide for Copenhagen.

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