Skip to main content

Midsummer in Copenhagen


Last month I was back in Copenhagen for a few weeks enjoying celebrating Midsummer or St Hans day as it's called and photographing some interesting projects. It was great to see a lot of construction being undertaken within the city centre. One project by Olafur Eliasson a Danish-Icelandic artist, is a new pedestrian and cycle bridge called Cirkelbroen which spans Christianshavn Canal and will connect the Christiansbro area with Applebys Plads. The bridge consists of five staggered circular platforms of various sizes, each with its own mast which relates to the areas canal history. The bridge will offically open on 22nd August.

The Bryghus designed by OMA construction was also well underway and is due to open in 2017. It is a multi purpose building that will house the Danish Architecture Centre, restaurants, homes, offices and playgrounds. It is situated on the harbour front close to Langebro and just up from the Black Diamond. I'm looking forward to going back and photographing these projects once they are finished.


The first project I photographed was Cykelslangen by danish architects Dissing + Weitling which is an elevated cycle path connecting Vesterbro with Islands Brygge. It wasn't open when I was last in the city so I was glad to have the opportunity to photograph it now it's in use. It's a great cycle path that winds over the inner harbour and looks even better at night.







You can view all the images from this project on my website.


I also photographed the beautiful Kastrup Søbad which is an open air pool in the sea, designed by White Architects in 2005. It is a circular shape, gradually elevating above the sea surface, and ending in a 5m diving platform. It is reached by a wooden pier and is open all year long. It is a fantastic construction which sits so well in it's environment and creates a cozy enclave for the swimmers which protects them against the wind.






The whole project can be viewed here.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Uncertain Future of Welbeck Street Car Park

Last year Welbeck Street Car Park designed by Michael Blampied & Partners in 1970 was sold to developers Shiva Hotels and since the sale it's future has been uncertain. In February this year I was asked by students of Goldsmith University to help them on a project they were making about this amazing car park. I was glad to help so on a cold winter's day we spent a few hours exploring the car park and I talked about why I loved this building so much and what draws me to photograph brutalist architecture.

While at the car park we saw signs saying the car park would be closing on the 13th March. So with only a month left of having access to the car park I started to plan a project to photograph it's last few days. On my first visit for this project I was then told it wasn't closing and might potential be open for another year!

I'm not sure if it will be open for that long, without the building being listed the Welbeck will be demolished at some point, the la…

Concrete Cambridge

Over the last few months I have been adding a few colleges in Cambridge to my Beautiful Brutalism project. Many new college buildings that were being built from the late 50's to 70's embraced contemporary architecture of concrete, steel and brick and many leading architects of the era were commissioned to design these new buildings. New Court, Christ's College and Fitzwilliam College by Denys Lasdun, George Thomson Building of Corpus Christi College by Philip Dowson of Arup and the History Faculty by James Stirling to name a few.

I photographed the two Lasdun designed buildings late last year. New Court, Christ's College, 1970, has an amazing steeped slope of the students rooms with a terrace running through the middle. The rooms all have large windows that allow light to flood in and the use of exposed reinforced concrete is beautiful.







Fitzwilliam College, 1964, has a very distinctive shell-vault like roof on the dining hall which is visible from the street outsid…

Nic Webb - Wood Turner at his studio in Vanguard Court - Camberwell - London - 26th March 2009