Wallpaper awards Copenhagen best city in the world and highlights BLOX
New and exciting architecture is developing all over Copenhagen and that is one of the main reasons why the design magazine Wallpaper has awarded the Danish capital best city in the World in 2016. The Danish Architecture Centre's future home BLOX is at the same time highlighted as one of the architecture projects that makes Copenhagen unique.
BLOX. Foto: Sidsel Hartlev, Dansk Arkitektur Center
Each year the design magazine Wallpaper awards the best city in the World. This year Copenhagen received the honour - by large because of the city's exciting new and in-development architecture. Among others BLOX - the future home of The Danish Architecture Centre designed by Rem Koolhaas' OMA. Wallpaper also highlights architecture projects such as The Blue Planet, VM Mountain, DR Concert Hall and Kalvebod Waves.
You can read more about the highlighted architecture projects in the Danish Architechture Centre's popular book Guide to New Architecture in Copenhagen.
Wallpaper writes of Copenhagen:
"The Danish capital is growing increasingly extrovert and adventurous. In Vesterbro, the meatpacking district of Kødbyen is now an art hub; in Nørrebro, gourmet destinations share the same streets as alehouses; and in Christianshavn, Papirøen is a fertile enclave of creativity. Cradling one of Europe's most distinguished design traditions has been a mixed blessing. The influence of the midcentury greats had previously eclipsed contemporary talent. But the latest wave of creatives, architects and chefs has fuelled a renaissance, and New Nordic is the cuisine and design movement of the moment."
Islands Brygge Havnebad.
The Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne is a member of the jury that is behind the nomination of Copenhagen as the World's best city in 2016. It was an easy pick for Redmayne and not just because of his affiliation to Lili Elbe - the Danish trans person he portrays in the film The Danish Girl:
"It's a city that feels good, and that's not something you can say about many cities today. The Danes get it right on so many levels. Copenhagen has a vibrancy to it. The food culture is extraordinary and life seems easy, uncomplicated and fun. Who wouldn't want to live in a city where you can swim in the harbour?"
Previous winners of the award among others include New York,
Paris, London and Tokyo.
See photos of the highlighted architecture projects in the Copenhagen X-gallery
UN City >
Like a shining white star, FN City is located on the tip of Marmormolen and reflected in the Øresund. This is where eight different UN agencies are brought together in a building of 45,000 m2, which elegantly balances stringent security requirements with an open, airy expression and a strong sustainable profile
The Blue Planet >
In 2013, Denmark's Aquarium will swap its old building in Charlottenlund for a spiral discovery centre at Kastrup Harbour.
The Mountain is a modern ten-storey ‘housing mountain’ with eighty apartments and personal roof gardens that sprawl down the 'mountain'side.
DR Concert Hall >
With its new DR Concert Hall, Copenhagen has gained a prominent position on the world map of grand concert halls
Kalvebod Wawes >
Kalvebod Brygge has been transformed from a desolate office address to a teeming harbour quay with two new squares and an undulating promenade on the water.
The Danish philantropic association Realdania are building BLOX to generate new life on the waterfront and strengthen the connection between the inner city and Copenhagen’s harbour.
Last updated Wednesday, May 04, 2016