Remember the 25-year old design for Copenhagen’s Metro system, the first comprehensive public transportation design in Scandinavia? Well, the city is finally getting around to doing what should have been done more than two decades ago. On Thursday, Copenhagen’s State Council approved a plan to build an underground extension of the underground, allowing the city to densify the area on which it lives.
“The street-side buildings of Copenhagen’s traditional neighborhood blocks will gradually disappear,” said Nanna Jensen, an architect with the city’s Plan SoHo project, in a statement. “This means that we get to create green space that we haven’t seen in more than 100 years. The expressway will also begin to unravel so that we can connect Copenhagen’s train lines to our new public transport system.”
The first signs of the new transit system come in the form of a Metro running under Copenhagen’s main Grand Central station. So impressive are the designs of the Metro stops, that the district authority referred to it as “the most unusual and unlikely railway station” in its 13-volume report. One of the stations will run vertically along the entire side of the building, connecting traffic through the station to the surrounding area. The works, known as the expansion phase, will add 45 additional stations and 265 new million square meters of area to the city. The official launch of the metro is scheduled for April 20, 2021.
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