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A new building popularly called Smaragden (‘The Emerald’) will be constructed at Hambrosgade. The building is designed by Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat.

UPDATE: After many, long considerations 'The Emerald' proved to be too expensive to be realised. Instead the office building HM2 designed by danish architects Dissing+Weitling will be constructed on the site.

A new building popularly called Smaragden ('The Emerald') will be constructed on part of a site at Hambrosgade. The building was designed by Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat, and the local plan for the project has already been adopted.

Second row from the waterfront

Van Egeraat was the architect behind what was probably one of the most-discussed building projects in Copenhagen in recent times. His proposal for high-rise buildings in Krøyer Square clearly divided opinions in the debate about the future development of Copenhagen, and the buildings were never built. The Emerald has not given rise to the same kind of furor. It is located behind the highly criticised row of buildings in Kalvebod Brygge and will, together with an open square and an adjacent building designed by Schmidt Hammer & Lassen, bring if not life, then a completely new architectural idiom to the silent, angular waterfront area.

Organic and colourful

The Emerald is laid out as three interconnected blocks of six or seven storeys each, linked together by an inner public courtyard that weaves its way through the building complex, connected by a number of gateways.

Oblique facades and varying roof heights will create an organic, rounded block that refers to the old building stock in the area, which mainly consists of residential buildings and major public institutions. Street facades will feature coloured and translucent glass elements interspersed among the windows.

Freja Ejendomme A/S is the developer behind the project. Besides offices, the building will house a restaurant, a café and conference facilities on the ground floor.

Courtyards and urban spaces

Facades facing the courtyards will be made of heavier materials as required by environmental regulations. Most offices will be facing the courtyard in order to foster a sense of urbanity in the people who will be working in the building complex.

The green courtyards define a long flow of spaces running through open gateways. They will be open to the public. The area around the Glyptotek museum and the waterfront area will be connected by a public square that is laid out as a continuation of Otto Mønsted Square.

Water, paving and lighting will be the elements that 'stage the urban space and surrounding buildings,' as the local plan puts it.

Neighbouring building

The new square in front of the main entrance to the Emerald will connect the Emerald with a neighbouring building at the same site. This building will be a sculptural office building for the Nykredit mortgage bank designed by Schmidt Hammer & Lassen.

At the pointed end of the site, the building designed by Schmidt Hammer & Lassen will have sharp edges in a similarly 'floating' structure. Together, the two buildings will create 'drama in the urban space'. The site is a small plot in the large Metropolis Zone in central Copenhagen that is currently in the first stages of an extensive master plan.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014