Monday, June 07, 2010

New bridges to connect cultural institutions

COPENHAGEN. The regeneration of Copenhagen’s harbour inlet has been one of the successes of the 2000’s in the Danish capital.
Now things will become even better.
The city has decided to build a number of bridges that will connect the Opera house with the Royal Danish Playhouse, two of the city’s cultural institutions, near the popular tourist district Nyhavn.
Visitors to Nyhavn will also get improved access to the waterfront along the neglected Havnegade (Harbour Street). A new urban space will open up as traffic along the street will have to give way for a promenade, outdoor seating and activities for the public.
This will be a boost for a couple of restaurants and bars in one of Copenhagen’s small architectural gems, an old custom house (the place is actually called Custom House, in English) on Havnegade (above).
The project is expected to be completed in 2012 to coincide with the opening of the new harbour bridge.
Daily Politiken reports that there is an ongoing fight between the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Ministry of Culture over the bridge project. According to the Ministry the City has promised to build a direct bridge from The Royal Danish Playhouse to the Opera. The solution now chosen by the city is a less expensive one where the two cultural institutions are connected through a series of smaller bridges via the Christianshavn district.

In the future you will be able to walk over to the Opera house in Copenhagen.