Denver’s first underground metro is a modernist masterpiece

“The new Metro, so much a part of the revitalization of Copenhagen, is an extraordinary achievement,” says Fiona Henderson, Vice-President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Design Milk. “Just look at the way…

Denver’s first underground metro is a modernist masterpiece

“The new Metro, so much a part of the revitalization of Copenhagen, is an extraordinary achievement,” says Fiona Henderson, Vice-President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Design Milk. “Just look at the way it’s being placed. In the Old Town in particular it’s in a garden setting with terraces on the corner, with sunlight flowing in and giving a small restaurant room. The lines of the trains and the public space all add up to a really stunning time capsule of its style.”

Design Milk chose to showcase the Metro by Anderson Contemporary Art and Design from Denmark as it has championed it since its launch. The Danish Ministry of Transport, which financed the station’s design, played a lead role in researching how cities could safely transport 2.3 million people per day in an older, narrow-gauge system with a plan that took into account the ecological effects of new technological developments, such as the metro’s ability to comfortably tackle heavy traffic flows and the advent of regional trains. Designs for both the new and old sides of the station were presented at the same time, starting in 2001, for the international design competition SWAG. Design Milk held the winning designs for two sets of supporters of the project – the Dutch scheme by Fred van Duine, along with other Danish and Dutch proposals, and the American, Canadian and Australian designs by A.J. Aubrey Harwood and architect Antun.

The design was presented at the municipal end of the line to relieve traffic problems, while reducing energy use by about 25% during the day. It fits well into its setting in the Danish, and internationally popular, “modernist” style, and was a great tribute to the architects’ bold vision.

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