In just 40 years, Nordhavn will become a vibrant waterfront city, providing homes for 40,000 inhabitants and workspaces for another 40,000.
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Like many other industries, the cargo ships have moved out of the inner harbour. In their place, a neighborhood for people is emerging on the water, adding a new chapter to the story of the Copenhagen harbour front.
The main structural concept is to break the harbour space up into intersecting canals and basins by creating islets of various sizes. This layout respects and interprets Nordhavn’s past, in which reclaimed land areas created an easily recognizable, rational structure. Nordhavn will be surrounded and intersected by water, which will lend the district a distinctive character and subdivide it into local districts.
The division of Nordhavn into islets makes it easy to stage the development, with development taking place islet by islet and thus preventing urban sprawl. Future generations will have the opportunity to influence the architecture on the individual islets over time,” says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of Cobe.Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder, Cobe
The planning of Nordhavn incorporates the necessary and the extraordinary in the long-standing coexistence between old and new and allows the existing potential to become a launch pad for the area’s future architectural identity.
Nordhavn is a city of soft mobility, where it is easier to walk, bike or use public transport than it is to drive. The Green Loop is an expressway for bikes, connecting the individual neighborhoods with each other and with the rest of Copenhagen.
The blue city – surrounded and intersected by water.
The industrial docks will be excavated further, and new canals will be added, continuing the idiom of the existing basins.
The urban green – a network of green areas, promenades and public spaces.
The large public spaces will create reference points, pocket parks will offer recreational hideouts, and narrow green edge zones along the buildings will enrich the urban environment.
The intelligent grid – a dynamic principle of development.
The islets in Nordhavn will be divided into lots. Nordhavn will be a neighborhood that offers the best aspects of the open city and the dense city, with towers as well as small-scale family housing, shops, offices and room for culture and sports.
Situated in an area exposed to the elements, the urban grid is dimensioned and organized to create attractive urban spaces with maximum sun and minimum wind exposure.
Extra-large: The city of islets can be developed one islet at a time, leaving room for unpredicted needs and preserving the ability to respond to the challenges of the given time. This vision is a tool and a set of principles for development during the years to come.
Large: The local plan for inner Nordhavn defines the building structure and opportunities during the first phase of the development, dividing the buildings into small units and creating intimate urban spaces and proximity to the water from all building plots.
Medium – from vision to detail: During the first development phase – Inner Nordhavn – the vision is coming alive. The streets and urban spaces have been designed and constructed as intimate and pedestrian-friendly environments.