COBE, together with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted and Rambøll, wins the competition for Kronløbsøen – a new island in the Inner Nordhavn district in Copenhagen, including 30,000 m2 of housing, two urban spaces, three bridges and a three-storey underwater car park.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Kronløb Island is an entirely new island in the existing Kronløb water basin in Nordhavnen in Copenhagen. The island will serve as a stepping-stone between two new neighbourhoods in the future city district and will break up the harbour basin into a number of intimate canals. Kronløb Island will include the area’s biggest parking facility – a three-story underwater car park – as well as two new urban spaces in direct contact with the water, three new bridges and a monolithic housing volume with unique and varied housing qualities surrounding an intimate green heart. The monolithic architecture refers to the geological processes that have shaped the Danish landscape and islands for thousands of years and enhances the story of Kronløb Island as a unique new island in Denmark – a monolith carved from one stone.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Denmark is an archipelago of small islands and islets, and Kronløb Island will be island number 1420. Historically,the islands have given Denmark a unique identity and shaped our culture.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

In order to emphasize the uniqueness of Denmark’s new island, the project takes inspiration from geological abrasionprocesses which have shaped the Danish coastline for thousands of years.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Therefore, Kronløb Island will appear as a monolith carved from one stone. Horisontal formations will appear in allscales – from stacking of functions to choice of materials.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

The Island will be a stepping stone between two future urban neigbourhoods towards north and south. From being a void inthe new urban structure, the island will break up the water bassin into a number of intimate canals and connect a flowof future urban spaces.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Kronløb Island will hold a traditional housing block broken up into six solitary building volumes making room for urbanspaces in East and West as well as in the centre of the island.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

With three bridges and three urban spaces there is a variety of different movement possibilities and flow across theisland.

Planting appears at all altitudes and it literally grows up from the ground onto the roofs.

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Courtesy of COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll

Project Info:
Architects: COBE,Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted, Rambøll
Location: Nordhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: CPH City & Port Development
Program: New artificial island in harbour bassin including housing, urban spaces, bridges and underground parking facility
Size: 33.000 m2 (above ground), 35.000 m2 (underground)
Status: 1st prize in competition 2016, on-going
Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Tonny Jensen, Birk Folke Daugaard, Kristoffer Harling, Bart Smets, Eik Bjerregaard, Rasmus Bernhard Nielsen, Alexander Ejsing, Peter Laust Hønnecke, Dorte Buchardt Westergaard, Karoline Liedtke, Ludvig Holtenäs, Rosa Bui, Sara Jønler, Emmeily Zhang, Ela Czyzewska, Alexander Forsch

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