Cityringen – The new metro in Copenhagen, M3

17 underground stations on the M3 Cityringen, with easy access from track to street level and a different design on each station

Category

Infrastructure

Location

Copenhagen

Year

2010-2019

Status

Completed

Size

Track length: 15.5 km – Lines: 2 – Stations: 17

Client(s)

Metroselskabet, Municipality of Copenhagen

PLH were contracted to MT Højgaard as architects for the architectural realisation of 17 new underground stations on the new Metro City Circle Line M3, Cityringen - designed by COWI/Arup/Systra, JV. The scope of the project included both the completion of the design, as well as overseeing the project through to execution.


Largest construction project in Copenhagen
The circle line is a 15.5 kilometre long subterranean metro, which connects Copenhagen Central Station, Copenhagen city-centre, Østerbro, Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Frederiksberg. The Circle Line features 17 underground stations, sitting at a maximum depth of 35 meters. The new metro was inaugurated in September 2019. The overall construction cost of the project is estimated at 21.3 billion DKK; it is the largest construction project in Denmark’s capital since King Christian the 4th constructed Christianshavn in the 17th century.

Contact
Christian Henriksen
+ 45 2720 0597
chh@plh.dk

Design which assures good lightning conditions, easy acces, and safety

The stations on Cityringen echo the familiar Copenhagen Metro design of a spacious, open, subterranean station hall, featuring skylights and reflective origami ceilings. This familiar design assures the presence of natural or simulated daylight inside the new stations, thereby pursuing the trademark light quality of the first Copenhagen Metro. Furthermore, fundamental qualities of the first Copenhagen Metro, such as easy access from street to platform, and the experience of being in a safe, light, airy, and well-organized space, have also been incorporated into the design of the new metro line.

The preliminary design stage has seen the inclusion of new forms, colours and materials for wall coverings, and flooring and fittings, such as handrails and elevators. In particular, the station hall claddings are of a more unique and diverse nature. As well as forming part of an aesthetic variation, the featured cladding give each station a visual identity, providing a large-scale wayfinding element and a sense of familiarity to passengers.

The design of the terrain above the stations respects and compliments the diversity of the urban spaces in which the Circle Line’s stations sit. Local variations have affected the design of certain elements, such as stairways and skylights. In addition to providing the subterranean cityscape of the Metro with daylight, at some locations, skylights have been designed to function as integrated and attractive features of the cityscape above ground level, thereby providing an interactive link between the public street and the metro below.

Want to get an impression of the impact Cityringen has? Take a look at the flyover video that the daily Politiken is presenting in this article.