Copenhagen’s island-building plan faces new test
March 11, 2021 - Denmark’s Parliament is to debate the construction of Lynetteholm – an artificial island which could house up to 35,000 people just north of Copenhagen’s city centre.
If approved, the 2.8 square km (1.1 square mile) land mass could be built-up by 2050, Bloomberg said.
Lynetteholm is meant to ease the Danish capital’s chronic housing crunch and act as a springboard for an ambitious rethink of the city’s infrastructure. Revenue from the housing development would fund a new tunnel under the harbour, through which a metro line would be routed, as well as a section of ring road providing swifter journey times from the airport to Copenhagen’s wealthy suburbs.
But critics warn that Lynetteholm could bring grave environmental damage. Those critics include officials in nearby Sweden, who say that the project risks altering ocean currents in the narrow Øresund sound, according to Bloomberg.