Danish Architecture Guide

DFDS Ferry Terminal

The former ferry terminal was located in the inner harbour on Kvæsthusbroen. It has now been moved to Amerika Plads from where ferries departed in the old days, too, whereas some of the city's cultural landmarks such as the Opera and the Playhouse have taken over the central harbour addresses.

The new terminal is indeed more spectacular than its traditional predecessor. The architects wanted to avoid the classic form where passengers are led through long hallways and ramps to the ferry. Instead they integrated all facilities in one single building that daily serves 1,500 passengers.

The facades covered with different types of glass give the terminal a minimalist look. When night falls the glass, in combination with the indoor lighting, makes the terminal give off a distinctive glow. The terminal is raised off the pier on black pillars which hold depot and storage facilities. An opening in the middle of the roof allows daylight to pass into the centre of the terminal.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014