Butterfly Bridge by Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, in Christianshavn Canal and Trangraven, Copenhagen, Denmark. The capital and most populated city of Denmark is Copenhagen, one of the oldest capitals in Europe and part of the most dynamic region too. In the 10th century, Copenhagen used to be a Viking fishing village surrounded by rivers. Its name in Danish reflects, in fact, its origin as a harbor and place of commerce. Copenhagen is located on the eastern edge of the island of Zealand and partly situated on the island of Amager, (these two are connected by five bridges) and on a number of natural and artificial islets between them. It is also part of the Øresund, commonly known as “The Sound” in English, which is the strait that separates Denmark from Sweden, specifically the Danish island Zealand from the southern Swedish province of Scania. One of the Most Environmentally Friendly Cities in the World Copenhagen is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, by using renewable energy such as solar panels, recycling rainwater, green roof and efficient waste management solutions, reducing electricity consumption and also by reducing considerably the use of private transportation. By 2025, 75% of trips could be made on foot, by bike or by using public transportation.It is recognized that the architectural planning authorities are taking a full commitment account of these environmental activities that have become a priority nowadays, Copenhagen has been ranked as the top Green City for the second time in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) and received the title of “European Green Capital 2014” as the result of its environmental record and its ambitious goals.
The Butterfly Bridge
The Butterfly Bridge is the most recent example of this environmental commitment. It is a lightweight foot and cycle bridge designed by the French firm Dietmar Feichtinger Architects finished in January 2015. The bridge connects Christianshavns Kanal and Trangraven, it’s designed as a three linear bridge, adapting itself to every individual situation of the canals.Where does the name Butterfly Bridge come from? It takes its name because of the two spans that can be opened independently of each other for passing sailboats, when both of the spans are open at the same time; they form the figure of a butterfly and serve as barriers, which allow the bridge to function to and from Islands Plads. The opening width of the “wings” is 15m and the length from the pivot point to the flap tip is 23,3m. Related Articles: Full Project Credits: Project: Butterfly Bridge Location: Christianshavn Canal and Trangraven. Copenhagen, Denmark Designers: Dietmar Feichtinger Architects Project team: Ulrike Gabriel (Leader planning), Guillaume Buton, WTM Engineers GmbH (Engineering), Schippke (Aerodynamics). Construction: 2009 Completion: 2015 Budget: 4.7M € Length: 63m
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