At Islands Brygge, Danielsen Architecture has designed a medium-sized office building which, playfully, blends the motifs from the adjacent buildings with the current trend of open glass façades in commercial buildings.
As a kind of tribute to the typical Copenhagen roof ridges, the new office building completely abandons the modern tradition of huge, commercial buildings using mainly glass.
One façade consists of glass, but the materials used in the building tend to reflect the mixed industrial area of which it forms a part.
The new building has been built in spite of occupying a controversial site: it is located between the housing blocks of Islands Brygge, two industrial buildings, and Hans Tavsen Church.
The frame of the building picks up the direction of the adjacent buildings with the folds in the roof inspired by the Halfdansgade roof ridges. Lengthwise, the building tapers towards the street thus providing an opening to the courtyard at the back.
As in the old New Yorker-attics, the building has a high, open ceiling at the top. The walls are flexible and the rooms can be changed from small offices to large rooms as required.
There is a canteen for the employees in an adjacent house.
A House Made of Tombak and Glass
The main materials are glass and tombak, which is a copper alloy with a brownish red colour. The striking, jagged roof of the house is, at the Halfdansgade elevation, folded and continued down the gable to finish half a metre above the pavement. The south-facing windows have integrated sunscreening and highly reflective thermal glass. This makes the façade almost opaque in daylight. The north-facing glass façade is more open and allows more sunlight to filter through.
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Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014