Krøyers Plads, Denmark

grey and red brick facade windows front view Krøyers Plads Denmark
Krøyers Plads, Denmark © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE, Denmark
Location  Copenhagen, Denmark
Construction period 2013 - 2016
Nomination category Living together
Purpose Housing and retail
Usable floor area 17.486 m²
Brick type Facing bricks, clay roof and facade tiles, brick slips

During the planning phase for Krøyers Plads in Copenhagen’s harbour, architects and local inhabitants met to discuss their ideas and wishes, and to come up with a collaborative design for the buildings and the surrounding area. The result is three buildings standing beside the waterfront, between the royal theatre and the Free State Christiania, offering various amenities. Krøyers Plads contains 105 apartments, various shops, restaurants and a supermarket. The three buildings are up to six storeys high and work in  perfect harmony with their surroundings. The uneven shape of the roof is reminiscent  of the ancient harbour buildings with their characteristic gables, dormers and crane houses. In addition, the architects used two different types of brick, from two manufacturers, to reflect the variety of the city in the new buildings. By using different materials and colours, they tried to establish a dialogue between old and new and a mix of lightness and gravity. Furthermore, by reusing some used construction materials, the building follows the concept of sustainability and conservation of resources.

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