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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Introducing Copenhagen's new block
MVRDV and ADEPT win Copenhagen high-rise competition with design ‘Sky Village’



The municipality of Rødovre, an independent municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark, announced today MVRDV and co-architect ADEPT winner of the design competition of the Rødovre Skyscraper. The 116 meter tall tower accommodates apartments, a hotel, retail and offices. A public park and a plaza are also part of the privately funded scheme.

The new skyscraper with a total surface of 21,688 sq m will be located at Roskildevej, a major artery East of the centre of Copenhagen. It is, after the Frøsilos, MVRDV’s second project in Copenhagen. The skyscraper is shaped to reflect Copenhagen’s historical spire and present day high-rise blending in the skyline of the city, it further combines the two distinctive typologies of Rødovre, the single family home and the skyscraper in a vertical village. Consideration of these local characteristics leads to Copenhagen’s first contemporary high-rise.

Responding to unstable markets the design is based on a flexible grid, allowing alteration of the program by re-designating units. These ‘pixels’ are each 60m2 square and arranged around the central core of the building, which for flexibility consists of three bundled cores allowing separate access to the different program segments.

On the lower floors the volume is slim to create space for the surrounding public plaza with retail and restaurants; the lower part of the high rise consists of offices, the middle part leans north in order to create a variety of sky gardens that are terraced along the south side. This creates a stacked neighbourhood, a Sky Village. From this south orientation the apartments are benefitting. The top of the building will be occupied by a hotel enjoying the view towards Copenhagen city centre. The constellation of the pixels allows flexibility in function; the building can be transformed by market forces, however at this moment it is foreseen to include 970 sq m retail, 15,800 sq m offices, 3,650 sq m housing and 2,000 sq m hotel and a basement of 13,600 sq m containing parking and storage.

Flexibility for adaptation is one of the best sustainable characteristics of a building. Besides this the Sky Village will also integrate the latest technologies according to the progressive Danish environmental standards. Furthermore the plans include a greywater circuit, the use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation and a variety of energy producing devices on the façade.

A public park adjacent to the Sky Village is part of the project and will be refurbished with additional vegetation and the construction of a ‘superbench’, a meandering public path and bench. A playground, picnic area and exercise areas for elderly citizens are also part of the plan.

Lead architect MVRDV and co-architect ADEPT Architects won the competition from BIG, Behnisch and MAD. Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs present the plan today in Copenhagen together with Anders Lonka and Martin Krogh from local office Adept Architects, Dutch engineering firm ABT and Søren Jenssen act as consultants for the project. Earlier MVRDV realised the Frøsilos / Gemini Residence in the port of Copenhagen: a residential project marking a new way in refurbishment of old silo’s which was highly acclaimed and received international awards.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:21 PM   #3
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Holl wins in Copenhagen...
Design combines the esthetical, the functional and the business minded



US based Steven Holl Architects have won the international design competition "The LM Project". With a program that connects office towers and civic spaces with a public walkway 65 meters above the harbor, the new design is intended to form an iconic landmark for Copenhagen's waterfront. The competition was organized by CPH City and Port Development and ATP Ejendomme; the CEO's for both companies were among the jury members selecting the winner. The Chairman of the Jury is administrative director of the development company City / Harbor and Copenhagen's former lord mayor Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.

Mr. Mikkelsen said "The project combines the esthetical, the functional and the business minded. This winning proposal is architecture in high, high class."

The current lord mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard, praised the design, saying "With the winning project, we get a great high-rise building, which will bind the city better together and function as a landmark in the harbor."

Steven Holl Architects' design for the dramatic new harbor entrance to the great city of Copenhagen is based on a concept of two towers carrying two bridges at two orientations all connecting back to the unique aspects of the site's history. The Langenlinie site, a berth for ocean ships for decades, is expressed in the Langenlinie tower with geometry taken from the site's shape. A prow-like public deck thrusts out to the sea horizon. This deck is the level of public entry to the bridge elevators and has public amenities such as cafes and galleries. It can be reached by a wide public stair as well as escalators. The Marmormolen tower connects back to the City with a main terrace that thrusts out towards the city horizon shaped by a public auditorium below. It can also be reached by escalators and is adjacent to the public bridge elevator lobby.

Each tower carries its own cable-stay bridge that is a public passageway between the two piers. Due to the site geometry, these bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbor. The soffits below the bridges and under the cantilevers pick up the bright colors of the harbor; container orange on the undersides of the Langenlinie, bright yellow on the undersides of the Marmormolen. At night the uplights washing the colored aluminum reflect like paintings in the water.

Regarding the winning design proposal, the competition Jury cited the following: 'The jury has unanimously decided to nominate Steven Holl Architects' entry as the winner of the competition. The reason being the special importance placed on creating two buildings each adapted to the site, and the overall idea of how to connect these buildings and ensure that they form a whole across the harbor basin. The project involves a sense of place which is essential for a project on this prominent site."

The project utilizes a variety of progressive sustainable solutions to ensure this important international landmark is rooted in Denmark's identity as one of the world leaders in alternative energy. Both towers have high performance glass curtainwalls with a veil of solar screen made of photovoltaics; collecting the sun's energy while shading. They are connected to a seawater heating/cooling system with radiant heating in the floor slabs and radiant cooling in the ceiling. Natural ventilation is provided on every floor with windows opening at the floor level and ceiling level for maximum air circulation. Optimum natural light is provided to all offices due to the reflective light performance of the screens. Wind turbines line the top of the pedestrian bridge roof; providing all electricity for lighting the public spaces. Due to wind power, this inviting harbor front gateway is always glowing.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:29 PM   #4
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Making a mountain...
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) present an artistic solution to a functional problem



Mountain Dwellings, located in Orestad city offers the best of two worlds: closeness to the hectic city life in the centre of Copenhagen, and the tranquillity of suburban life. Approached to create a space for 20,000 sq ft of housing and 60,000 sq ft of parking, BIG were faced with the problem of taking these functional elements and presenting a liveable, attractive space.

Rather than doing two separate buildings next to each other - a parking and a housing block – BIG decided to merge the two functions into a symbiotic relationship. The parking area, which services the entire neighbourhood, needed to be connected to the street, while the homes required sunlight, fresh air and views. The solution was to create a sloping facade with the apartments stepping up the 'mountain' above the car parking space. This way each apartment could have a private garden facing the sun and with spectacular views. The Mountain Dwellings appear as a suburban neighbourhood of homes flowing over a 10-storey building.

The residents of the 80 apartments will be the first in Orestaden to have the possibility of parking directly outside their homes. The gigantic parking area contains 480 parking spots and a sloping elevator that moves along the mountain’s inner walls. In some places the ceiling height is up to 16 meters and with murals and rainbow lighting the space becomes what BIG refer to as a "cathedral of car culture".

The north and west facades are covered by perforated aluminium plates, which let in air and light to the parking area. The holes in the facade form a huge reproduction of Mount Everest turning what would have been a standard parking lot into a new landscape landmark. At day the holes in the aluminium plates will appear black on the bright aluminium, and the gigantic picture will resemble that of a rough rasterized photo. At night time the facade will be lit from the inside and appear as a photo negative in different colours as each floor in the parking area has different colours.

Mountain Dwellings came first in its category of Housing at the World Architecture Festival Awards where WAN spoke to Bjarke Ingels following his presentation.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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Bella Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

Leaning towers of Copenhagen
Ambitious hotel marks Copenhagen on the international conference scene



Recently proclaimed 'best city in the world to live in' by Monocle, a leading lifestyle magazine, and hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, Copenhagen insists on challenging much bigger world cities.

The spectacular Bella Hotel by 3XN architects aims to cement Copenhagen’s position as the natural centre for international events. The hotel is a part of the Bella Center, a leading conference complex with facilities to host any type of event, including fairs, exhibitions, meetings and international conferences.

Bella Hotel is the largest building work initiated in Denmark in 2008 and will be one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia. Arne Bang Mikkelsen, CEO at Bella Center, stressed that the location of the hotel will be truly unique – in the middle of a metropolis with only five minutes to an international airport, a bridge to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe, together with a motorway, metro and bus right to the door.

This autumn the two towers of Bella Hotel, 76.5 m each, will climb towards the sky, inclining in opposite directions. The architects have ensured that the buildings appear in a nuanced way depending on distance, light and season. The top twist on one of the towers decreases problems with turbulence in the flat, windy landscape. Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal Architect at 3XN, explains the leaning shapes:

“The challenge was to construct two towers with only one projection to enable the establishment of a single joint foyer. The tilted design of the towers came about by virtue of us wanting to create a view from both sides of both towers."

She elaborates: “It is in fact a vertical bearing construction, in which both towers are tilted into a cantilever shape. It was very important for us to show the developer, that construction was not necessarily to be much pricier due to the manner of tilting the sides. Construction costs – which only make up a part of the total costs – only went up 5 per cent.“

The four-star Bella Hotel will provide 814 rooms, 32 conference rooms, 3 restaurants, a sky bar and a wellness centre. The foundation stone to Bella Hotel was laid September 17, and the first phase will be completed in spring 2011.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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Very extraordinary projects Cool Copenhagen
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Awesome really unique stuff!
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Denmark is an aswome country
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 10:08 PM   #9
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I simply adore twins: Copenhagen-Malmo, both cities are easy to love IMO.
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I have to visit Copenhagen again in a couple of years to see the progress. And also to check out the new tunnel and railway in and under Malmö.
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One thing to say just f*cking (sorry) awsome!!!!









Looks like buildings from the year 2100!
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #13
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wooooow, I just love that style

This is a wicked shot too:

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Old April 23rd, 2009, 12:03 PM   #14
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A little batch:

Copenhagen Towers




(Crappy rendering I know, but facade is solar cells and glass)
3x85 m. towers 2xOffice, 1xHotel, atrium and smaller office buildings. First office tower designed by Foster + Partners, Crown Plaza designed by DISSING+WEITLING. Third yet to be determed. More on my site here.

Ørestad Business Center






2x75-85 (height not final yet)
Masterplan (very detailed though) by Norwegian architects Niels Torp

Ørestad Downtown




By (Polish? don't remember) Daniel Liebeskind. Basically the downtown of Ørestad.


Marmormolen




with Utzon's glass hotels - these are models, so don't judge too much ()


And finally Utzon's SAS Radisson Scandinavia will get a MAJOR makeover on ten more floors (124 m) and a glass facade:

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Old April 23rd, 2009, 04:17 PM   #15
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Amazing Copenhagen!

Beautiful projects!
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 04:58 PM   #16
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I think so too

Anyway this "skyscraper" was approved today:



Moving forward!
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 09:19 PM   #17
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are none of the others approved yet?
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are none of the others approved yet?
Most of them, some are even under construction. But Ørestad Downtown and Business Center is quite large (about 400.000 sq m) and very detailed masterplans (aka only parts are approved), so the design might change a bit
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build build build


any pix of construction?
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Old April 27th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #20
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build build build


any pix of construction?
Yep!

Look in the Nordic & Baltic section:

The BIG HUGE Copenhagen Ørestad Thread (our La Defense)
Copenhagen construction and development thread
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