As promised here is the thread for the new, huge Carlsberg development area in Copenhagen. I will arrange the thread continously, however, at first it will appear more simple.
The short story:
In a maneuver of increasing effectivity Carlsberg Group decided to move their large brewery activities located on their historic premises in Copenhagen to Fredericia. This made room for a whole new urban area to be created in the centre of Copenhagen. A comprehensive programming phase was held initially involving neighbors and other IOs. Carlsberg wanted to receive an overall input of ideas on the future of their site before running a formal ideas competition on the area.
An international ideas competition on a master plan for the area was held in early 2007. In all 221 proposals from all over the world came in. On the 22nd of May 2007 the winner was announced, Danish architects entasis.
The winning proposal on a master plan then went into a working process. Extensive amounts of public dialogue was carried out along the way with hundreds of meetings with neighbors and IOs etc. providing yet another input on the reworking process of the winning master plan proposal. After a year of processing the final master plan was presented and handed over to the politicians on the 9th of May 2008. It is now up to the politicians to agree on a new, overall district plan for the area.
Official website of the project:
Size of the area:
330.000 m2 including nine high-rises
Master plan architect/winner of the international master plan competition:
Primary consultant/designer on the new squares and parks:
Vogt Landscape Architects
The original, winning proposal:
Architects involved at this stage with detail design:
Phase 1 (construction start January 2009):
Henning Larsen Architects
Phase 2 (construction start currently unknown):
Ladner Meier Arkitekten
C. F. Møller Architects
(Note that all in all the project consists of around 20 phases)
Overall status (updated 15/6-2008):
Currently going through the political decision process. There seems to be a huge majority in favor of the project. Construction supposed to commence January 2009
Keywords describing the project:
CO2 neutral, classical urbanity, squares, towers, openness, public dialogue, parks, organic facades, suncells, affordable housing, "Our City", rooftop architectural parasites, water, hanging gardens, diversity, cellars, small shops
The main idea of the master plan:
Lets create the classical, dense city again in a modern, updated version. We know it works on creating life and activity 24/7. We don't want a new Ørestad based on the principles of modernism. Lets mix this classical approach with some tall towers creating identity and some unique squares, where people can meet. Hide the cars in huge, underground parking silos on the outskirts of the city so that the cars are kept out of the area. Lets focus on pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation. Lets reuse the old, industrial facilities for cultural activities (dance halls, galleries, concert halls etc.)
Location in Copenhagen:
The reworked master plan project:
The current site:
The reworked master plan project with various information inserted (updated 17/6-2008):
The 9 towers:
Here is some data on the 9 towers. The respective tower's assigned number in the table below correpsponds to its location in the rendering above.
Various renderings from the reworked master plan:
Note that the respective renderings's assigned number in this section correpsponds to its (blue) location number in the rendering above.
1. View towards "Markedspladsen" - the Marketplace - one of the squares of the city:
2. View of "Kulturpladsen" - The Square of Culture:
3. View of "Kælderpladsen" - The Square of the Cellars
4. View of one of the future city parks with lakes created by directing rain from the roofs of the city. This is the current "Akademiets Have" - The Garden of the Academy - with a size of 31.400 m2:
5. View of one of the high-rises (100 meter) from "Istedgade":
6. View of one of the high-rises (80 meter) from "Humleby":
7. View of the famous "Gate of the Elephant" with one of the (hotel?) high-rises (50 meter) on the right:
8. The high-rises seen from Østerbro (4,6 kilometers away):
9. The new station, "Ny Enghave" or "Carlsberg", at "Stationspladsen":
10. The new station from another angle:
Various pictures from the current site:
I hope you recognize some of the locations below in the renderings above.
4a. The present:
4b. The future?
19a. The present:
19b. The future?
20a. The present:
20b. The future?
21a. The present:
21b. The future?
25a. The present:
25b. The future?
Status (updated 16/6-2008):
Detail design under way. Henning Larsen Architects, Årstiderne Arkitekter and Tegnestuen Vandkunsten are involved.
Renderings from phase 1:
1. The area of phase 1 with the projects of the respective architects involved marked:
Status (updated 16/6-2008):
Entasis, Ladner Meier Arkitekten and C. F. Møller Architects are involved design-wise. The new Carlsberg Group and DK HQ by C. F. Møller Architects has been put on hold as the Carlsberg Group is busy focusing on the huge Scottish & Newcastle takeover.
Renderings from phase 2:
The garbage can:
Hmm. Weird things found in the renderings...
What seems to be the top of the church of Nikolaj hidden awkwardly in the big flyby rendering:
Older ladies on high heels in nice lingerie posing near "Markedspladsen":
Who's hiding behind the tree in The Garden of the Academy?