Nørreport, the busiest station in Denmark. Around 250.000 people a day are getting off and on by s-train, metro, bus or also bike. The old Nørreport has had its time and therefore a new Version has been composed out of series of rounded, floating (green) roofs and glass pavilions. The study of pedestrians and their prefered routes has shaped the basis for the new design of the station. From this perspective a new open and welcoming public space has been established concerning the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. The bike parking will one of “the” features which are giving space to 2.500 bikes. Those parking lots are 40 cm below the ” walking level”, which can be understood as “bicycle beds”. A clear hierarchy has been created an area for bikes and an area for the thrilling and busy city life around Nørreport.
Finally the concept was not only about beauty and cyclists. The green roofs which are more visible for the neighboring area from the 2nd floor, are getting in action (the vegetation is able to absorb a great deal of the rainwater) after a heavy rainfall and a number of solar cell zones on the roofs are contributing to the station’s energy consumption. Additional on the the edge of the square, numbers of trees are providing also a green atmosphere on the street level.
“For the new bike parking system Gottlieb Paludan Architects and COBE have been awarded for the ”Raise the bar-award”, The innovative bicycle parking solution at Nørreport Station has increased the capacity from 900 to 2100 bikes while at the same time integrating them into the cityscape, securing unobstructed sightlines and optimum visibility across the new station plaza.”
Project Partners for the Ny Nørreport Station were:
DSB: in charge of new, up-to-date station buildings.
City of Copenhagen: in charge of the station concourse.
Grontmij: consultants to activities above ground as well as underground.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects
COBE Architecture/Public Space/Urban Planning/