Copenhagen Metro Circle Line – Architectural Finishes 17 Stations

17 underground stations on the forthcoming metro circle line, Cityringen, with ease of access from street level to track and variation of design on each station










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


Metroselskabet, Municipality of Copenhagen

PLH were contracted to MT Højgaard as design architects for the architectural realisation of 17 new underground stations on the new Metro circle line, Cityringen. The scope of the project includes both the development of Metroselskabet’s preliminary design, as well as overseeing the project from the detailed design stage through to the project’s completion.

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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 will feature 17 underground stations, sitting at a maximum depth of 35 meters. The new metro will be in use by mid-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.

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

The stations on the Circle Line will 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 Copenhagen Metro. Furthermore, fundamental qualities of the existing 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 cladding will be of a more unique and diverse nature. As well as forming part of an aesthetic variation, the featured cladding will 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 The City Circle Line will have? Take a look at the flyover video that the daily Politiken is presenting in this article.