Kulturtårnet: Above Knippels Bridge

Since 2010, one of Copenhagen’s most treasured landmarks, Knippelsbro, has featured on the front of the Danish 200 kroner bank-note, pushing other celebrated Danish gems aside. A few precious times a day the city’s bike-flow takes a breather as the bridge does what it was designed to do back in 1937, allowing ship traffic to continue its journey through Copenhagen’s harbor. The whole drama is controlled from one of the two iconic copper-clad towers, conducting an engineering ballet that enthrall its audience and infuriates the city’s fleet of taxis.

Remarkably, this summer, the southern tower has been converted into a cultural event space, open to the public for the first time in over 80 years. Funded by Copenhagen City Council and Realdania, Kulturtårnet’s minimalistic space leans to its maritime heritage and offers its guests a unique cultural and gastronomic expereince. The team behind this unique project, Lars Erik Lyndgaard Schmidt and Malthe Merrild, have also plans on utilizing Copenhagen’s smallest and latest cultural institution as an experimental space for radio producers. However, for me, entering the tower for the first time since opening to the public, the sheer joy of experiencing a 360° birds-eye view of the harbor was very special.

A special thanks to Lars for his warm welcome and enthusiastic storytelling.

Contents & Images: Phillip Mills

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