Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen and engineering firm Ramboll designed an eight-story tiered timber building for the Nordhavn waterfront at the eastern end of Copenhagen.
The proposed mixed-use commercial building, called Marmormolen, would measure 28,000 square meters and be constructed entirely from solid timber.
Marmormolen was designed for the Danish pension fund AP Pension and will be built in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen. According to Henning Larsen, who designed it with Ramboll, it will be one of the largest contemporary wooden structures in the country.
“The building, which will be one of Denmark’s largest contemporary wooden structures, combines office space, retail and a public program on the popular Nordhavn waterfront,” the studio said.
By using wood rather than concrete, the building “incorporates tons of carbon instead of emitting tons,” the studio added.
“Today, it is imperative that architecture challenges our usual notion of structures and materials,” said Søren Øllgaard, partner and design director of Henning Larsen.
“The construction sector is a major emitter of CO2, so we also have great opportunities to improve things. We are excited to be working with AP Pension on a project that puts sustainability and sustainable strategies such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals first. . “
Marmormolen will be formed from a collection of rectangular cubes of different heights, rising and falling depending on the site environment.
At its highest point, closest to busy streets and railroad tracks, the building will reach its eight storeys. From there, it will gradually drop to three stories, as it narrows down to a nearby residential area on the other side of the site.
Marmormolen will contain offices, retail spaces and restaurants, and will be surrounded by urban spaces including plazas, gardens and walks on three sides of the building.
The ground floor of the building is planned as an extension of the nearby public waterfront, merging existing public amenities with a landscaped park and a large public market.
A canteen and auditorium also located on the ground floor will serve as both a public restaurant and an event space for markets and theaters.
On the upper floors of the building, the workspaces will offer panoramic views of the Copenhagen skyline and waterfront, while a large common courtyard in the center of the building will provide a green outdoor space inside.
Each of the rectangular cubes will have access to a rooftop terrace and gardens that will house beehives, butterfly hotels and vegetable growing areas for use in canteens.
“Workplaces used to be very indoor and exclusive, but people today want to feel like they are part of a more diverse community and open up to their surroundings,” said Henning Larsen, deputy director of the design and chief architect Mikkel Eskildsen.
“With Marmormolen, we want to create more than a large office building, we also want it to give something back to the city and bring the building to life, even outside of office hours.”
Construction of Marmormolen will begin in early 2022 and is expected to open in 2024.
Elsewhere, Henning Larsen is developing Copenhagen’s “first all-wood neighborhood” on the outskirts of the city and a sustainable primary school in Sundby which opened earlier this year.