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.
- 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, Lourenzo Amaro de Oliveira, Esin Erez, Runar Halldorsson, Suk Lee, Yu-Ju Lin, Fiorenza Matteoni, Christopher Rotman, Wenying Sun, Yan Zhang (project team)