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Amerika Plads

A new mixed-use neighborhood in an old port district, with renovated warehouse buildings and fantastic new architecture.

The Dutch office West 8 devised the unified plan for Amerika Plads. Its philosophy was to create a dense and active urban environment characterized by large building complexes of different shapes and heights.

At street level, stores and cafés will face an elongated plaza in the center of the area. At the northern end, a café or restaurant will open in the Free Port's century-old former railway station.

The plaza already has access to the new DFDS terminal, which serves ferries to Norway and Poland. The main goal of West 8's plan for Amerika Plads is to take advantage of industry's departure and give the waterfront back to Copenhagen's residents. Commercial and residential properties are mixed to create a quarter that will be vibrant 24 hours a day.

In 2004, the quarter's northern landmark, the 15-story Copper Tower (Kobbertårnet), was constructed. Work on the southern landmark, the 16-story Lighthouse (Fyrtårnet), began in early 2006. Together these two high-rises will form the area's boundaries. It will be a major challenge to integrate Amerika Plads into the Østerbro quarter as a whole. The two are effectively separated by the railroad and by four-lane Kalkbrænderihavnsgade, but the Langelinie Bridge has helped to close that divide.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014