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The Battery Project

BIG and Bach Gruppen's ambitious building project in the Njalsgade area consists of nine high-rise buildings and a mosque

The Battery project will transform the empty plot of Njalsgade, across from the University of Copenhagen, into a coherent landscape featuring nine high-rises of heights between 44 and 86 metres. The centre of the development will hold the city's largest mosque.

The Sunni mosque will assume the form of a pentagon, symbolizing Islam's five pillars and five daily prayers. The two minarets will serve mostly as decoration, since the call to prayer is illegal in Denmark.

Integration of urban cultures

The Battery is designed as a coherent mountain landscape spread across 124,000 sq. m. Architecture and landscape will merge in these buildings, which will invite residents to participate in urban life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The complex will house residences, shops, hotels, businesses, child care centres and sports and cultural facilities. At the same time, the project will play an important role in reconciling the the three neighbourhoods around Njalsgade: Islands Brygge, Amagerbro and Ørestad North.

Residents and visitors

The large ground area will be organized into two sections, a outdoor foyer immediately surrounding the buildings and a varied landscape between buildings that can adapt to resident's preferences.

A southern promenade along Njalsgade will help unite the district with the surrounding area. Many of the area's retail establishments will be located here. Additionally, the promenade will serve as hang-out spot and meeting place for locals, with benches, trees, and lighting for nighttime use. Along the Statens Serum Institute in the north, green streets will create an urban environment characterized by leisure activities, with a green cycle route connecting Islands Brygge and Amager Strand.

In treatment

Before these plans can be realized, the project will undergo a communal review process. Copenhagen's Engineering and Environmental Management departments have approved the project. The specifics of the height and density of the buildings has made the approval process challenging. After various hearings at the beginning of 2011, it is expected that construction will begin.

Ballad of the mosque

Bach Group, which is the promoter of the project, encountered difficulties working with the Muslim Joint Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Muslim communities in Denmark.

The Muslim Joint Council has been in search of funds for the mosque, with competition from the plans for a Shia mosque on Vibe Road in the Northwest-not to mention the difficulties surrounding the massive size of BIG's blueprint for the mosque.

So far, however, Bach Group and the Muslim Joint Council seem to be standing by the proposal. They are confident there is room and resources for both a Shia and Sunni mosque in Copenhagen.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014