The Christiansholm site is approximately 29,000 m² and has one of Copenhagen's most attractive locations in the inner harbour—across from Nyhavn and the Royal Danish Playhouse (Skuespilhuset), and flanked by the Greenland Trade Square (Grøndlanske Handels Plads) and the Royal Opera.
The vision for the project is to develop a vibrant new neighborhood, where public spaces and buildings support each other, creating an urban space that is engaging and modern, while reflecting the site’s historical context. The island will consist primarily of harbour-front residential buildings, but also cafes, shops and restaurants. Additionally the prequalified teams should propose a significant public function that enhances the interaction between building and urban life and provides the framework for an original, exciting new destination in Copenhagen.
With the Papirøen competition, Henning Larsen Architects continues its decades-long interest in the development of Copenhagen harbor. In early 2000, Henning Larsen Architects was among three other architectural firms invited to develop a comprehensive plan for the inner harbor—the area between Knippelsbro Bridge and the Customs House. The larger building volumes have since materialized: the Royal Danish Playhouse (completed in 2008); and the Copenhagen Royal Opera, also designed by Henning Larsen Architects, which was completed in 2004.
Visible from every point in the inner harbour, the Opera is full of life and activity around the clock. Together with the various other cultural venues in the area, the Opera contributes to the vibrant and inspiring urban spaces of Holmen and the Copenhagen harbor. At the same time, the Opera completes the historical axis running from the Marble Church through the royal residence at Amalienborg—culminating right at the stage-front, where the performing artists and their audience meet.
The competition for Papirøen starts on October 5th. In addition to the team led by Henning Larsen Architects, a number of renowned architects from Denmark and abroad— including Cobe, CF Moller, Adept, Holscher Nordberg, MVRDV, and OMA—have been invited to participate in the competition.