Carlsberg City District




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.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: Carlsberg Properties
Gross floor area: 80,000 m2
Year of design: 2011 - 2011
Architect team: Dorte Mandrup Architects, Polyform Architects, Signal Architects and Wohlert Architects



The design of the masterplan and buildings has to a large degree been defined by knowledge based parametres of sustainability. I.e. the design of the tower, which will constitute a new landmark in the area, leads the wind away from the walking and relaxation zones. The facetted facade captures the light in various ways, providing the tower residences with ample daylight for a longer period of time.

The lower floors connected to the plazas of the district appear in dark colours that retain the heat from the sunlight, while the upper, light facades open up the area and reflect the sunlight into the urban space and opposite buildings.

The individual buildings and urban spaces will have their own special character and be connected by streets running as dense passages between the plazas. At street level, along the edge of the buildings, the shops, benches etc. are designed as integrated parts of the facades - providing the area with a dynamic, varied expression. 


  • Copenhagen, Denmark


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