I recently made my first visits to Sweden and Denmark, being delighted to accept an invitation to attend the centuries old University of Lund in southern Sweden as a guest critic to the School of Architecture. Whilst I would undoubtedly have preferred to have been able to make the trip in summer; it was certainly cold, it was still a wonderful chance to see at first hand the coastal cities of Copenhagen and Malmo and to wander the streets of the historic university town of Lund.
The most striking feature of the region is the 8km Oresund Bridge, opened in July 2000 and linking Copenhagen to Malmo in southern Sweden. The bridge joins to a 4km underwater tunnel and together makes the longest rail / road crossing in Europe connecting the road and rail networks of the Scandinavian Peninsula with those of Central and Western Europe. A data cable also uses the bridge to carry all Internet data transmission for Finland.
Oresund Bridge compares to Hong Kong Link
With the death of shipbuilding as a major face of the economy, the city is now starting to reinvent itself and can realize the benefits from construction of the Oresund Bridge. The Western Harbour district, so long derelict, held the European Housing Expo in 2001 and is notable for its sustainable character.