This beautiful and compact canal town has residents interacting with the water on a daily basis.
The idea for a canal district on Sluseholmen originated with the Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters, who used his experiences from Java Island, a residential district built on an artificial island in Amsterdam. And the Dutch inspiration is obvious. Newly dug canals form the basic structure. The new canal district was built on eight artificial islands with a pattern of continuous blocks with sheltered courtyards.
Sjoerd Soeters and Arkitema drew up the unified plan for Sluseholmen in collaboration with the City and Port of Copenhagen. This Dutch-Danish partnership resulted in a set of architectural rules, or dogmas, for Sluseholmen.
The unified plan's dogmas comprised a unifying principle for Sluseholmen, but at the same time they ensured that it will be a quarter with great variety, where each building will have its individual distinctive features. In order to create this diversity, 25 architecture firms were asked to design the buildings. As a rule of thumb, at least five firms had to be involved in each block. Residential buildings have between five and seven stories and the shape and size of each depends on whether they face the harbor, the canals, or the promenades. Buildings on the small canals are only four storeys high. The canals and quays, crossed by bridges, will wind through the quarter and will make Sluseholmen a unique and highly varied part of Copenhagen.
Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014