Bryghusprojektet is the missing link between the city centre, the historic waterfront and the culturally rich Slotsholmen district of Copenhagen. Located at the intersection of these disparate quarters, this project formally and programmatically mediates between them, drawing them together. The Bryghusprojektet consists of a mix of homes, offices, shops, restaurants and a new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre.
Situated among landmarks in the history of Danish architecture, Bryghusprojektet shares with the indigenous modernism tenets of simplicity, monumentality and urbanity. The site is bound by a cluster of historic monuments, including the Christiansborg Palace and the Old Brewery, but shares the riverside with many other bold, contemporary interventions. This architectural and historical complexity became an important influence on OMA’s design.
For Bryghusprojektet, OMA rejected a familiar stacked section in favour of a heaped organisation. This allows the programmatic elements to intertwine and interact, fostering a strong community within. At an urban level, the unpredictable mass oscillates between the heterogeneity of its neighbours and the large rectilinear industrial buildings on the opposite
riverbank. Allowing such variety permits limitless readings depending on one’s location.
The programme has also been adjusted for permeability at street level – encouraging visitors to the social and cultural amenities, embedding Bryghusprojektet in the life of the city.
The design for Bryghusprojektet is governed by a conscientious and thorough sustainability manifesto, ensuring that the final building consumes only minimal resources during construction and use. A target for energy consumption has been set at 52 kWhrs/m2, which is
significantly below the Danish average. OMA’s plan for sustainability encompasses societal and economic factors, such as long-term financial viability for Bryghusprojektet’s commercial tenants. The public programme, urban routes and the Danish Architecture Centre within will
encourage a cohesive atmosphere both for residents and visitors. Such a mix of program within the building is unique – for the first time an architecture centre will be embedded within its own key subjects of study and research – housing, offices, public space and parking.
When completed, Bryghusprojektet will be an important catalyst in the invigoration of this otherwise underused part of Copenhagen. The mix of private spaces and cultural institutions infuses the area with a new economic and civic vitality for the benefit of the whole city.
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