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Old July 13th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Copenhagen – Ørestad, Arken/ Ishøj and city

Some weeks ago in June I visited Copenhage with my girlfiend. I visited Ørestad, Arken in Ishoj and the city center. It the same day that Denmark was playing a soccer game in South Africa, so a lot of activity was going on.

First out is Ørestad. I haven’t been there for more then a year ago and it has changed a lot with huge development, new highrises under construction and canals.


Ferring bulding, the first highrise in Ørestad.


It has now company with the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the chain’s first hotel in Scandinavia.


Field’s, Denmark’s largest shopping mall.


Crowne Plaza was completed in 2009. At 85 m, 25 floors, it is the 2nd tallest hotel in Denmark. Together with the new World Trade Center that is u/c, it will be called Copenhagen Towers.








Hotel Cabinn Metro, another brand new highrise hotel.




















A spectacular residential building in glass with shapes of icicles.










The driverless, computerdriven metro train going through Orestad like a science fiction movie.




Bjerget (“the mountain”), a new residential building (from 2008), designed by BIG architects, with a rare design that is built like a mountain on one side. On the other side you can see the parking garage going into the building so you can park your right outside your apartment. Though the design is interesting, it looked stiff and deserted and many of the apartments were vacant.


The picture of a mountain that you can see on the wall is actually built up by holes.


Every floor have a different colours. Note the roof gardens and the picture of the mountain.


Bjerget inside, looks like a residential building for cars.


There are several paintings of cars inside.


Climbing “the mountain”.

Views from the top of “the mountain”, Bjerget:



Downtown skyline.




Belle Hotel, the new leaning towers under construction. This highrise hotel will be 77m tall and have 814 rooms when completed in 2011.


The unconventional towers, 23 floors each, will be situated right next to Bella Center, Denmark’s largest congress center.












The more mountain like side of Bjerget, with roof gardens.


A modern fullscale dollhouse, opposite Bjerget that is mirroring in the glass facade.
















Some marathon was taking place when we were there.


The Swedish bank SEB:s new headquarters in Orestad.


The new urbanism of Orestad: Crowne Plaza and Fields.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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Now heading to Arken in Ishøj, a western suburb of Copenhagen.




Brondby with its many coloured highrises.


A park in Ishøj center. Ishøj is very segregated with commie blocks at the center were mostly immigrants live, near a large shopping mall in the center of the suburb. A tunnel goes under a large road and there, closer to the sea, is mostly villas where wealthy Danes live.








Arken is a spectacular modern art museum, with an architecture that has become famous because it is designed to remind of a ship. We were lucky to see the exhibitions for free because we arrived just before closing time. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos inside, a real pitty.


The small harbour of Ishøj.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #3
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Rådhuspladsen, the world champion soccer was going on, a match between Denmark and Camerun.


The deconstruction of the bus terminal that used to be the most hated building in Denmark!


Metropol building.




















A lot of happy Danes could be seen just before the football match!













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Tivoli.


Sculptures of old Greek gods.






Some HDR photos.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #4
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I just bought a new Sony DSC-W350 digicam (14MP). Yesterday I visited Køge, but spent the late afternoon in downtown Copenhagen (again),mostly around Strøget and Rådhuspladsen. Køge will be presented in a separate thread.

This is how lively Copenhagen looks on a common Sunday:


This is created by a panorama function in the camera.












































I think it's perfect to end with the central station.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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looks nice, empty in parts though

how big is the population?
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Old July 20th, 2010, 01:07 AM   #6
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I don't think the city center looks empty at all, considering it's a sunday afternoon, but if you meant Örestad I agree. Copenhagen has about 500 000 inhabitants (1.5 millions in the metro that is grown together like one big city).
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Old July 20th, 2010, 02:19 AM   #7
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Very nice Nightsky .... recently I attended a talk given by Jan Gehl in Auckland and he had some great pictures to show us of Copenhagen ... now he is turning his attention to Auckland and I am hoping that we succeed to implement some of the same urban design principles here. Thanks for the pics mate
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Beautiful, very nice Copenhagen
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Great shots there, especially the sunny ones. Copenhagen looks a very clean city!
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Old January 26th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #10
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Danes have a design sense like no other. stunning city. I really must visit again soon, haven't been there since...well, long time ago.
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From the city, the historic, old buildings of Copenhagen are indeed very nice
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Thank you guys for your kind comments!
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Great thread, Nightsky! Copenhagen looks lovely, of course.

I've noticed there's a shocking amount of English-language signage in Copenhagen...do the Danes really embrace English that much?
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I'm sorry, could you please rephrase? I don't understand what you're trying to say.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #15
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Great thread, Nightsky! Copenhagen looks lovely, of course.

I've noticed there's a shocking amount of English-language signage in Copenhagen...do the Danes really embrace English that much?
I think the Danes can speak English quite well, just like Swedes.
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I think the Danes can speak English quite well, just like Swedes.
Oh yes, there's no question about that. Scandinavians do speak English very well – better than almost anywhere else in Europe from what I've experienced. I'm just so surprised that English is embraced and used so much in the Nordic countries, as opposed to countries like France, for example, where the unnecessary use of English is regarded as a damaging to the culture and French language.

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Yes the Danes do.

All Germanic - it has to be easy.
Ahh, thank you for clarifying. Yes, English is another Germanic language...but it's much more heavily French and Romance-influenced than the Scandinavian languages, Dutch, or German. That's why it's so difficult for English-speakers to learn other Germanic languages, but relatively easy to learn French and other Romance languages.
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The French can understand English, too.

All Indo-European.
I'm not sure we're understanding each other here. The point I'm trying to make is that it seems that the choice to read/speak/do business in English in Scandinavia is very much embraced and accepted, compared to other European countries. I'm not arguing about ability to learn...of course French people can and do speak English. The point I'm trying to make is that French society sees the ever-increasing influence of Anglophone culture on the world to be a detriment to their own.

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Great pics Nightsky. I have to say though, that new hotel that's U/C, I believe it's called the leaning towers/Belle looks pretty cool. The sad thing about it is the location! I saw that it's next to some kind of distribution center/industry type of building. Very depressing.
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I love the suburbs architecture...great modern buildings...although the "mountain one" is quite weird

Thanks for the tour
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Nice
The first pics reminds me a bit of Hamburg's HafenCity
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