Danish Architecture Guide

Amerika Plads

Amerika Plads (meaning America Square) gets its name from the large passenger ships that back in the day transported Danish immigrants to New York. The area contains 650 homes, 2.500 work places and 130 hotel apartments.

The architectonic landmarks of the square are the housing building Fyrtårnet towards the south designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg and the office building Kobbertårnet towards the north designed by Arkitema. Furthermore, you can see a range of newly constructed buildings that are part of the master plan of Amerika Plads.

The masterplan designed by Adrian Geuze and Dutch architecture firm West 8 aimed to create a dense and active city environment with multiple functions and a varied architecture. One of the tasks of the involved architecture firms was to create courtyards that are all accesible to the public so as to expand the street areas and create life and movement between the buildings.

Note the old station, Frihavnsstation, from 1895 that was put in storage during construction and is now located in the middle of Amerika Plads, in use as a café.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014