Marmormolen is no exception. The upcoming multiuser office building will be one of the largest contemporary timber structures in Denmark, combining office, retail, and public program on the popular waterfront of Nordhavn.
As the case against concrete construction gains more evidence, solid timber is emerging as leader in the list of sustainable alternatives. Timber, in stark contrast to concrete, stores embodied carbon. Thus, by swapping out the structural concrete with timber, the structure will embed tons of carbon instead of emitting tons.
Located in an ideal spot for a large-scale office building, Marmormolen boasts modern workspace facilities, urban life, shops, restaurants, and public transportation close by. The building's multi-users profile, the diversity of extroverted programs and publicly accessible ground floor - outside and inside – makes Marmormolen the antithesis of a traditional and introverted domicile. Furthermore, Marmormolen is surrounded by green urban space on three out of four sides, between a green plaza to the south and a future waterfront park.
With a transparent, open, and inviting ground floor, Marmormolen will be a sustainable setting for a vibrant marketplace. Inside, the ground level will hold amenities for the tenants such as a large cantina and auditorium, which will double as a public eatery and venue for theaters, flea markets etc. respectively. On upper levels, workplaces enjoy views of uninterrupted skies, the sea, and the skyline of Copenhagen. In the center there’s access to a large courtyard with greenery and good exposure to sunlight.
The building is designed to click into the context and thus rises to its full eight stories towards a busy street and train tracks and steps down to three stories towards the neighboring housing on the opposite side. Even though the building is one big volume, it is divided into smaller cubes that can express the different tenants. Each cube has its own rooftop that feature terrasses and gardens with great biodiversity, beehives, butterfly hotels and vegetable production for the canteen.