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BUILDING
 
 
Storebælt - Great Belt
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DESIGNER
 
 
Dissing+Weitling | COWI
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MATERIALS
 
steel, reinforced concrete

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Sjælland
Municipality
Korsør
Town
Korsør
Address
Vestmotorvejen E20 (Fynske Motorvej)
 
 
Website
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TYPOLOGY
 
TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Transport and road system infrastructures
Bridges, viaducts, causeway
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1988 - 1998    
Realisation
1991 - 1998
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AWARDS
 
2006
Kulturkanonen [Danish Culture Canon]
Arkitektur [Architecture]
Kulturministeriet

The committee's justification


The East Bridge is Denmark’s largest construction project. The elements of the East Bridge are simply and elegantly shaped. The relationship between the pylons, roadway and cabling is beautifully balanced when viewed from the sea and from Zealand, and when travelling across the bridge. The height of the pylons contrasts with the length of the roadway, and the roadway’s slight arc contrasts with the large curvature of the cables. All of the lines come together to form a delightful tension for the observer. The bridge’s line over the belt reinforces the sculptural effect and creates space and introversion for the entire curved shape of the East Bridge.

The east bridge represents a graceful, fully optimised design on an enormous scale. Spacious, scenic, magnificent – politically visionary – a successful combination of form and function and an illustration of collaboration between wise minds.

Two complete arches on the landscape, stretched between two enormous bridge towers, meeting above the ocean’s horizon. The bridge synchronously radiates a kind of robust fragility, and simultaneously fills us with a sense of humanity’s insignificance and greatness.

As you drive between the bridge towers, you experience a cathedral-like piousness and a magnificent harmony between sky, sea, light and the bridge’s own aesthetics in terms of material, colours and details. The bridge symbolises the story of Denmark as an island nation. It suggests new relationships in Danish social and familial patterns, and challenges the regional, historical and cultural differences of the regions in a new era.
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Bernhard Graf, Bridges that Changed the World, Prestel, München 2002, pp. 110-111
Martha Torres Arcila, Bridges/Ponts/Brücken, Atrium, Mexico City 2002, pp. 284-289
Matthew Wells, 30 Bridges, Laurence King, 2002, pp. 80-85

tr.ger.: 30 Brücken, Callwey Verlag, München 2002, pp. 80-85.
Judith Dupré, Bridges, Black Dog & Leventhal, New York 1997, pp. 112-113
tr.ger.: Brücken, Könemann, Köln 1998, pp. 112-113
tr.fr.: Les Ponts , Könemann, Köln 1998, pp. 112-113
Mads Stage, The Great Belt Seasons, COWI Consulting Engineers and Planners S.A., 1997
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CLIENT
 
 
AS Storebæltsforbindelsen
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 3,500,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Lenght
total km. 6,800
main span km. 1,624
Height
pylons m. 254
Number
4 motor lanes
2 railway tracks
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ben C. Gerwick Inc. - E. Pihl & Søn AS
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Jørgen Vesterholt
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STAFF
 
Project
Dissing+Weitlin
Gestione del progetto
Tony Gee & Partners
Structural consultant
Ben C. Gerwick Inc. (project)
E. Pihl & Søn AS (constructon)
Aerodynamics and weather resistant consultant
Danish Maritime Institute
Consultant
William Brown
 
 
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