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Copenhagen Harbour Gateway Competition
Danish Harbour Development design by Steven Holl Architects, USA
23 Nov 2015
Copenhagen Harbour Gateway Design by Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl Architects have received the go-ahead to build a pair of skyscrapers in Copenhagen harbour, linked by a pedestrian and cycle bridge 65 metres above the water’s surface.
Steven Holl Copenhagen Harbour Gateway by Steven Holl
Nearly eight years after winning a competition for the site, the New York firm revealed that its Copenhagen Gate proposal now has a construction date pencilled in for 2016.
The design for the dramatic new harbour entrance to the great city of Copenhagen is based on a concept of two hotel and office towers carrying two bridges at two orientations all connecting back to the unique aspects of the site’s history. The Langelinie site, a berth for ocean ships for decades, is expressed in the Langelinie tower, Gate L, with geometry taken from the site’s shape. A prow-like public deck thrusts out to the sea horizon. Gate L is expected to be furnished with cafes and restaurants. The Marmormolen tower, Gate M, connects back to the City.
Each tower carries its own cable-stay bridge between the two piers. Due to the site geometry, these bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbour. The soffits below the bridges and under the cantilevers pick up the bright colours of the harbour; container orange on the undersides of the Langelinie, bright yellow on the undersides of the Marmormolen. At night the uplights washing the coloured aluminium reflect like paintings in the water.
7 Nov 2008
Copenhagen LM Harbour Gateway Award
New York City, January 28, 2010 – The Progressive Architecture Awards have honored Steven Holl Architects’ LM Harbor Gateway as one of nine 2010 recipients. The Awards are administered by Architect Magazine and this year’s winners were selected from a group of more than 300 projects by a jury including Stan Allen, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Sarah Dunn, Diane Hoskins, John Peterson, and James Richärd.
Steven Holl Architects Wins Copenhagen LM Competition
New Gateway for Copenhagen Harbor Formed by Two Towers
Connected By ‘Handshake’ of Public Bridges.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Friday 31st October, 2008 It was announced today at a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark that Steven Holl Architects has 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 LM Harbour Gateway 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 mayor Jens Karmer Mikkelsen.
Mr. Mikkelsen said “The project combines the aesthetical, the functional and the business minded. This winning proposal is architecture in high, high class.”
The current 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 LM Harbour Gateway 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 LM Harbour Gateway project involves a sense of place which is essential for a project on this prominent site.”
The LM Harbour Gateway 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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Location: Elefanten, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Contemporary Architecture in the Danish Capital – architectural selection below:
Bispeberg Laboratory and Logistics, Bispebjerg
Design: Mikkelsen Architects
photograph : Hampus Berndtson
Bispeberg Laboratory and Logistics
Lynetteholm København – New Copenhagen harbour island
Design: COWI, Arkitema and TREDJE NATUR
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Lynetteholm, New Copenhagen harbour island
Ørestad City housing – Plot Architects:
Danish Architecture – Ny Havnen Arkitektur i København
Copenhagen Building News – Bridge Selection
Cirkelbroen Copenhagen : Olafur Eliasson
Copenhagen Bridge Competition : Studio Bednarski and Flint & Neill win
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