KØGE NORTH STATION
On 2 May 2014 Banedanmark, Køge Municipality and DSB jointly invited entries for an international restricted competition for the design of a new station, Køge North Station, where motorway, an S-train line and the future high speed line between Copenhagen and Ringsted will meet. The station is to promote railway transport in Denmark and make it possible for all passengers to change from one mode of transport to another (train, car, bike and bus) and form the basis for extensive urban development in the vicinity of the station.
See the competition brief here.
A total of 38 teams from all over the world submitted applications for participation. The teams were requested to design a bridge and a station as well as a state-of-the-art park and ride facility. Four teams were prequalified and on 14 November 2014 the winning team was revealed on Køge city hall. Behind the winning design are COBE and DISSING + WEITLING in collaboration with COWI, who with Køge North Station have created a traffic hub and hot spot for the entire Copenhagen region connecting high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in Denmark – the Køge Bay Motorway, as well as a distinctive landmark in the area of Køge North. The project consists of a 225 meter long pedestrian bridge, a new train station and an associated park and ride facility. The north side of the bridge provides a stunning 180 degrees panoramic view over the landscape and traffic lines. Padded with wooden lamellae, the inside of the bridge becomes a warm and welcoming area, while the outside has a more rough expression with perforated steel plates matching the materials of the surrounding infrastructual system.
Besides the winning team, three other teams participated including Kengo Kuma & Associates (Japan), Gottlieb Paludan Architects (Denmark) and Arep Ville (France). The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2018. See the assessment panel report here.
A landmark for green mobility
The team has created a characteristic landmark for green mobility in the capital region of Copenhagen. A simple design, minimal use of resources and materials, and minimal maintenance costs have been key points in the development of the design. The pedestrian bridge is an elegant, simple and 225 meter long steel construction with a light superstructure, which combines Denmark’s most trafficked freeway with the existing local Copenhagen train line and the planned double-tracked rail line for highspeed trains. The bridge will be a new gateway to Copenhagen for the 90.000 people passing through the area daily, and a significant step on the commute for the expected 8.000 daily users of Køge North Station. The station is expected to open in December 2018.
The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted
Over the period 2010-2018, Banedanmark is building a new double-track electrified railway between Copenhagen and Ringsted via Køge. the line is being prepared for passenger trains running at speeds of up to 250 km/h and is the first in Denmark capable of being used by high- speed trains.
The Copenhagen-Roskilde section is one of the most heavily used and important sections of railway line in Denmark. It is currently used to its full capacity and has become a traffic bottleneck. The building of a new line between Copenhagen and Ringsted via Køge makes it possible to introduce a considerably improved timetable with more frequent departures, shorter journey times and fewer delays.
Urban development at Køge North Station
With a station on the Copenhagen-Ringsted line, an S-train station and new motorway ramps in Egedesvej, the area will become a regional transport hub and an obvious location for a large park and ride facility.
It is the vision of køge municipality to gradually expand Køge North Station and the Køge North Station area through intensive use of the areas located close to the station, thereby attracting commercial enterprises and providers of business services. One way to do this will be to create an attractive urban environment around the new stations and the park and ride facility focused on service, efficiency, comfort and quality in urban spaces and street furniture.
The expansion of the station area will be based on a basic model comprising an efficient station, access roads and paths, as well as a park and ride facility with 900 on-site parking spaces. The expansion will be realized through densification of the park and ride facility, possibly inside built structures, combined with office and business service facilities built gradually as the great potential of the new stations is realized. When fully developed, Køge North Station and the surrounding station area are expected to have in the region of 1,700 park and ride spaces and employment for about 5,000 people.
Vision of Køge Municipality
The vision of Køge Municipality for urban development in Køge North is to strengthen Køge’s position as a regional business development hub and to fully exploit its potential. The objective is to develop and attract enterprises through the creation of a range of different, attractive business zones targeted at a wide range of industries, ranging from transport-intensive businesses centered around the existing Scandinavian transport center to innovative enterprises and office and service businesses in the Køge North Station area.
Ølsemagle is a historic gem at the center of the new business park, and it is the vision of Køge Municipality to develop and densify Ølsemagle as a residential area close to the station. The plan will be based on the structural and historic qualities of the village and create 800-1,000 homes for about 2,100 people.