After closing its doors in 2008, the industrial site of the former Carlsberg Brewery production plant in Copenhagen, Denmark has re-emerged as a sustainable city district. It is home to urban spaces, public transport, and new buildings that complement the existing historical architecture.
Now, the newest planned development for the district has officially selected its architect. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (along with Holscher Nordberg Architects) will develop a 387,500-sf project that consists of one city block and a 262-foot-tall residential building. The development will sit near the famous Elephant gates in the northwestern corner of the site and provide 17,000 sm of housing, 7,000 sm of offices, 2,000 sm of retail, cafes, and restaurants, and 10,000 sm of basement space. The new residential tower will form a link between the two main public squares in the Carlsberg city district.
“The location, with historic neighbors and a sloping terrain, creates an exciting and technical challenge. At the same time, the tower will rise above Carlsberg City and become part of Copenhagen's new skyline, thus becoming a reference point that both historically and physically will help tie the city together," says Senior Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Kristian Ahlmark.
The entire Carlsberg City district is expected to be completed in 2024. The development will offer over 3,000 new homes. 10,000 students have already begun their first semester at the new UCC Campus Carlsberg. Transportation options will include a large network of bicycle paths and a new modern commuter railway station.