Copenhagen, Denmark 2020


PROGRAM: hotel and office towers with a walkway 65 meters above the harbor
CLIENT: Harbour P/S
  • SIZE: 624,500 sq ft
STATUS: in design

The design for the dramatic new harbor entrance to the great city of Copenhagen is based on a concept of two towers carrying two bridges at two orientations all connecting back to the unique aspects of the site’s history. The Langelinie site, a berth for ocean ships for decades, is expressed in the Langelinie tower, Gate L, with geometry taken from the site’s shape. A prow-like deck thrusts out to the sea horizon. Gate L is expected to be furnished with cafes and restaurants. The Marmormolen tower, Gate M, connects back to the City.

Each tower carries its own cable-stay bridge between the two piers. Due to the site geometry, these bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbor. The soffits below the bridges and under the cantilevers pick up the bright colors of the harbor; container orange on the undersides of the Langelinie, bright yellow on the undersides of the Marmormolen. At night the uplights washing the colored aluminum reflect like paintings in the water.




  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect, principal )
    • Noah Yaffe ( partner in charge )
    • Chris McVoy ( project advisor, senior partner )
    • Marcus Carter ( associate in charge )
    • Rashid Satti ( competition project architect )
    • Justin Allen, Esin Erez, Runar Halldorsson, Yu-Ju Lin, Fiorenza Matteoni, Christopher Rotman, Wenying Sun, Yan Zhang (project team)
  • associate architects
    • – Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter
  • structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer
    • – Rambøll Norge
  • climate consultant
    • – Transsolar
  • bridge engineer
    • – HNTB Corporation
  • project managment
    • – Emcon A/S