• The Beginning of a New Neighbourhood at Islands Brygge

    The construction of 120 new apartments at Islands Brygge in Copenhagen was initiated at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22. This construction is the official beginning of the new neighborhood "HavneBryggen."

  • Four shovels were put into the ground where the first stage of the new neighbourhood will be developed on a spectacular site with views to the Copenhagen harbor on one side and the open green recreational area Amager Fælled on the other. The ceremony marks a significant increase in the urban development of Copenhagen.

    These two apartment buildings form the first stage of the 55,000 m2 HavneBryggen neighborhood, which will be developed at Islands Brygge. Henning Larsen Architects has developed a design manual for the neighborhood and designed the first 120 units.

    The neighborhood design manual and the design of the residential units are based upon vision of creating an area with a special character. The vision emphasizes the recreational qualities of Amager Fælled and the dynamism of Copenhagen’s inner harbor, creating a unique new identity for the historically industrial area.

    The first apartments are oriented to optimize daylight and views of the water in the harbor and the natural landscape of Amager Fælled. The project has been designed with a focus on three primary elements: flexibility in each unit; a two-way relation between building interiors and the outdoors; and, comfortable, welcoming outdoor spaces.

    The new apartments are in two buildings, with 57 and 63 apartments, where twelve of the 120 apartments are duplex penthouse apartments. The apartments are between 100 m2 and 218 m2, and each one has a minimum of two balconies or terraces. The apartments are staggered and have large windows, so each unit has views in all four directions.

    The groundbreaking was led by CEO of PensionDenmark Torben Pedersen Möger; Klaus Kaae, CEO of NCC; Lars Weis from Copenhagen's Engineering and Environment Committee; and, Mette Kynne Frandsen, CEO of Henning Larsen Architects.

    In addition to NCC and PensionDanmark, HavneBryggen is being realized in collaboration with Emcon, Sandbeck and Living Homes. In the coming years, between 5,000 and 6,000 apartments will be built on five plots in the Copenhagen harbor. Construction of the first buildings is expected to be completed in 2017.

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