It looks it should be all wet and miserable, but Copenhagen is among the finest city subway systems in the world. That is the verdict of a selection of engineering experts who have just given the programme a five-star rating.
The new roundabout in central Copenhagen has been named the “ferry terminal” and was voted the best addition to the network.
Having dethroned the nearby Bagsvaerd as the country’s busiest station, the Fraktrom is now “a bona fide landmark in itself,” according to the report by the commission for international competition and design (CIC).
The mediterranean-style wooden “transport hub” was installed last year between the Nord and Odense axes.
The new roundabout in Copenhagen’s Danish capital district. Photograph: JD O’BRIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Experts at Rolf Klingestein Associates said it was “a project which adds a lot of fun and personality to the metro” and that “the entrance deserves a mention in the history of railway architecture”.
Copenhagen’s creative director for public transport, Peter Hiller, praised the addition, saying it was a design that “shows that this station is all about interaction, fun and integration and to maintain a modern theme, with many icons and symbols of Copenhagen and its history … that’s what makes this station different from most other metro stations.”
The CIC report praised the busier central lines for “introducing new lines and re-inventing old stations”, but said that particularly on the eastern (Vetkovlestadts) and western (Kærnebrødts) lines, “city designers are showing that it’s possible to make the lines intimate and draw people in close to the urban environment”.
The report praised the “great transformation in the interior look of many metro stations”, saying “it’s as if the public transport stations have caught up with the competition for the best night club space in the city”.