The long-awaited “Cirkelbroen” – Circular bridge, was official opened in 2015 and it was design by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
It was built by non-profit charitable foundation Nordea-Fonden, as a gift to Copenhagen which combines new business and improves community life in Denmark. The bridge will give cyclists and pedestrians a new and more direct way to cross Christianshavn Canal, which in fact they are the main commuter traffic in this legendary cycling town. It is one of the smaller bridges at the harbour, 40 meters long, but it fills a significant. About 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are expected to use this bridge daily.
The Circular bridge is consists of five differently sized circular platforms, each with its own mast. From these circular platforms, arises the name of the bridge. Over 110 tensioned wires are threaded between the base of the bridge and the tips of five poles. The central platform is articulated to allow the bridge to swing back on itself, creating a nine-metre gap for passing boat traffic while smaller boats such as kayaks can pass below the elevated podiums.
At the nights the bridge is illuminated with LED lighting along the handrails and they are synchronised to turn on and off with the area’s street lights.