lifestyle - Copenhagen Architecture
Written by Oryx
From quirky waterfront townhouses to modern landmark buildings, Copenhagen’s diverse architecture is one of its most striking features.
The Royal Library
With its clean-cut lines and glittering polished surfaces, the Royal Library is one of the most significant architectural landmarks on the Copenhagen waterfront. Clad in black granite, the extension to the Royal Library is known as the Black Diamond. Divided in two by a vast glazed atrium, this central space provides panoramic views over the waterfront.
Depending on the angle, the exterior of 3XN’s design for Danish law firm Horten’s new head office gives the impression of being a craggy cliff face, an ocean-blue glass façade, or an intricate geometrical pattern of chunky diagonal, vertical, and horizontal friezes. The elements were designed to ensure optimum daylight in the offices and communal areas.
Cancer Rehabilitation Centre
NORD Architects’ design for the Cancer Rehabilitation Centre in Copenhagen uses space, natural light, and outdoor gardens to encourage a positive frame of mind. The design is an elaboration on the recognisable contour and scale of a house, interconnected by a sculptural roof structure, and enriched by the surrounding landscape, consisting of an inner courtyard, terraces, and themed gardens.
SEB Bank & Pension acquired one of the former sites of the Danish National Railway’s freight yard on the inner harbour of Copenhagen, for their new headquarters. Two separate buildings are surrounded by a sloping landscape, flowing into one another and built up like a Swedish mountainside rising from street level to second-floor level.
Consisting of eight housing islands, with large and small town houses standing side by side, Arkitema developed the shell structures and provided a starting-point for the many architects who were invited to design façades. The individual houses are highly diverse in appearance, like Copenhagen vernacular architecture from around 1900. The result is lively and imaginative block housing unique in Danish housing construction.