A new Danish Architecture Centre

In 2018 the Danish Architecture Centre will move into the building called BLOX, which is being build by the Danish philantropic association Realdania next to the Black Diamond on Copenhagen’s waterfront. BLOX has been designed by the world-famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

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In addition to the Danish Architecture Centre, BLOX comprises: a café and restaurant; housing; offices; an underground car park; several new urban spaces; and playgrounds. BLOX is financed by the Danish philantropic association Realdania and built by its subsidary Realdania Byg. The building BLOX was formally known as Bryghusprojektet.

The idea behind the project is to gather together a wide range of activities around a single building, and to create a building of exceptional quality, in terms of its architecture and its contribution to the city.

With its recreational and play areas the building will also help create more life in the district surrounding the Brewery site, while strengthening the connection between the inner city and Copenhagen's harbour.

CEO Kent Martinussen, Danish Architecture Centre about the project:

"It has been wonderfully inspiring for the Danish Architecture Centre, together with Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Realdania, to create the framework for this 21st century architecture and urban development centre. We can safely say that OMA have not only created a building with new premises for the Danish Architecture Centre, but have also provided some startling ideas about how we, as a public centre, can contribute to our citizens' use and experience of the overall urban district between the Metropolitan Zone and Slotsholmen.

OMA have also created interior conditions for the Danish Architecture Centre, which will set a whole new international standard for the involvement of the public in the propagation of architecture and urban development. For example, the building provides completely new options for the creation of major exhibitions and events, as well as unique facilities for educational programmes for schoolchildren and students, directly connected to outdoor play and teaching environments.

BLOX represents an exceptional opportunity for Denmark to have, at last, a world-class architecture centre, which can reflect the Danish architectural tradition."

Read more about BLOX

BLOX is financed by the Danish philantropic association Realdania and built by its subsidary Realdania Byg.

Contact us

If you have any ideas for cooperation and partnerships for DAC or want to know more about DAC's activities in BLOX, please contact the relevant head of programmes in DAC.

Tanya Lindkvist
Responsible for exhibitions and audience activities, including tours, events, family and educational activities. 

Mikkel Kragh
Responsible for partnerships, network and activities for the construction's professionals and decision-makers. 

Nikolaj Svejstrup
Responsible for partnerships, network and activities for professionals and decision-makers within urban leadership and urban development in both the private and the public sector.

Last updated Tuesday, April 26, 2016