Denmark

Conversion of a closed industrial area to an open part of the centre of the neighbourhood Valby, part of Copenhagen. Reuse of old buildings with preservation qualities in combination with demolition and new buildings. Establishing functions needed in the neighbourhood (retail, new residential area, local amendment and recreation, squares etc. - 70.000 sq meters floor space + open space) Binding different parts of the neighbourhood together Ensuring architecture quality.



The project in cooperation between the land owners, the new developer, the municipality, the local citizens' council and the environment/planning ministry.


The area had been left by the industries...

The Finger Plan was worked out in the late 1940ies. It’s a comprehensive plan guiding urban growth, infrastucture and green areas. The plan recommended that Copenhagen's suburbs should be developed as small independent urban communities connected to the city by radial railway lines and roads. Urban growth should be concentrated in "urban fingers" that grew outwards from the existing city. Between the fingers "green wedges" should be protected agains urban growth, so that green areas always are accessible to the citizens independent of where you live. The Finger Plan was never formalized by any public authority but has had a crucial influence on the growth...

Collaboration between landowner, local authority and local citizens’ council on new development of contaminated area 

A large plant near the centre of Copenhagen closed, leaving an area, partly contaminated by quick silver, oil and other pollutants. As it would be possible to sell only the non-contaminated parts of the land, the landowner might go down with the rest of it, leaving the problem to the municipality. Thus both parts had a crucial interest in solving the problem. Besides the site was attractive, neighbouring the centre of the capital, and the harbour. The landowner and the municipality made a partnership, initiated by the landowner. An “environment fond”...

The Dutch firm of architects West 8, spearheaded by Adriaan Geuze, has drafted the general plan for the area. West 8 has generally attempted to exploit the fact that industry has vacated the area to reclaim the port for Copenhageners. The philosophy is to create a compact and active urban environment characterized by large building complexes varying in shape and height. At street level, shops and cafés will emerge onto an elongated square in the centre of the site. The square affords access to and from DFDS Seaways' new ferry terminal and the ferries to Oslo and Poland. In its bid to create a quarter with a buzz most of the day and night, commercial buildings have been...