Henning Larsen Architects took part in the competition together with a team of highly competent architects and urban planners. In addition to the masterplan for the area, the project includes 54,000 m2 educational buildings, 14,000 m2 residences and approx. 12,000 m2 shops, cafes and commercial buildings.
The team's proposal is based on state-of-the-art research on sustainability – both at building and masterplan level – and this knowledge-based approach has characterised the design process. Thus, the buildings and outdoor spaces of the area are dimensioned and designed on the basis of various studies of wind and sunlight conditions as well as the effect and value of materials.
The overall concept has been to develop an urban district in human scale with a focus on attractive urban spaces, relaxation zones, light, materiality and experience. By working with ‘displacements’, a dynamic organism varying the scale and dimensions of the city is created – an organism also offering a rich variation of new and old, tall and low, deep and narrow, dark and light, open and dense.