Tip of Nordø

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A 360-degree view
of the harbor

Year: First prize in competition 2015, completed 2023

Client: PFA Ejendomme

Program: Office

Size: 25,000 m²

Like a lighthouse marking the first neighbourhood to be completed in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn district, the Tip of Nordø (The Tip) stands out. A 25,000-m² multi-user office building and public space that serves as a visible entrance to Copenhagen Harbour. The overall vision for the Tip is to create an office building that signals openness, robustness and dynamism while also aiming to be an entirely new meeting place for all residents of Copenhagen. A destination where urban life can unfold throughout the year. Characterized by an iconic round shape, the building enters into a symbiotic relationship with the elements, as prefabricated facade modules angle to filter daylight, the atrium works as a giant greenhouse, and water is filtered and circulated locally.

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The Tip will be built on the islet of Nordø, a part of Inner Nordhavn.

The Tip of Nordø will not only be a new building, but also a new meeting place in Nordhavnen that invites the city and the citizens inside and interacts with its surroundings. The location on the tip of Nordø creates a unique opportunity to experience Copenhagen’s biggest urban space, the Copenhagen Harbour, and seize the potential of a 360 degrees panoramic view over the city and the water

A contemporary
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Nordhavn is taking shape as a new Copenhagen neighbourhood. The Tip will be a prominent landmark in the new neighbourhood, greeting all visitors.

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Inner Nordhavn is an urban environment with a unique cultural heritage characterized by low dense red-toned buildings and solitary light monolithic buildings.

The Tip inscribes itself in the uniqueness of the surrounding neighbourhood and will become a distinctive landmark alongside the old preserved silos.

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The ground floor of the building is accessible to all and will become an attraction for the city. In this way, the project generously underlines the client’s basic desire that the house should appear friendly, transparent and responsive in addition to being seen as a landmark on Copenhagen’s waterfront.

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360-degree view – the circular building.

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A unifying interior – the winter garden.

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Building and city – the landscape plinth.

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Daylight analysis guides
design of the facade
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Percentage of glass.

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The façade's varying degrees of openness.

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The façade concept for the circular multi-user office building has been deliberately designed with the aim of establishing good daylight conditions and views throughout the building.

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The façade design is based on a radiation analysis, balancing daylight in the interior spaces, while creating a varied and diverse façade expression.

To reduce glare, façade elements are narrower towards the west, south and east of the building, where the façade is the most exposed to daylight. Towards the west, north and east, the façade gradually opens up, letting in more light and allowing for panoramic views of the north coast and across Øresund, the narrow sound separating Denmark from Sweden.

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The angling of the façade is based on a radiation analysis aimed at filtering daylight into the building.

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Biophilic office design
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The building’s large atrium is designed as a giant greenhouse to be enjoyed by employees working in the building.

Users of The Tip share a green and blue landscape that offers easy access to fresh air and the waterfront.

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The rooftop garden is a green belt flanking the circular skylight, an intimate landscape that offers shelter and seating. Towards the edge, the landscape opens up to stunning panoramic views.

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The inner urban space of The Tip invites the public in and will be active all year around, not least during the winter months, when the exciting landscape with access to a canteen, restaurant and a shop will be a popular attraction.

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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, Completed in 2023

Client: PFA Ejendomme

Program: Office

Size: 25,000 m²

Year: First prize in competition 2015, completed 2023

Collaborators: Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Tredje Natur, Tore Banke, Rambøll, Pihl, LM Byg, M.J.Eriksson

Team: Andy Minchev, Aino Skjellerup, Arvis Tarts, Bachir Benkirane, Ben Goss, Caroline Nagel, Dan Stubbergaard, Emil Scharnweber, Jens Kert Wagner, Johanne Holmsberg, Jonas Nordgren, Katarzyna Starczewska, Lauren Taylor Heaton, Mads Birgens Kristensen, Maki Portillia, Marianne Filtenborg, Mark Aron Thomsen, Matti Hein Nørgaard, Nina Mathiesen, Praewa Samachai, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Rasmus Lassen, Rasmus Nielsen, Romila Strub, Stine Bærentzen, Tonny Jensen.

Photographer: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST, Martin Heiberg

Time lapse video: Bachir Benkirane

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