Skibbroen residential housing by the Copenhagen harbour front is designed by Holscher Architecs who have also prepared the town plan for the area, where both business and housing are developed. The main idea has been to form a star-shaped, central space between the angled buildings.
The heart of the neighbourhood is a large garden established between the residential buildings and the office buildings, which has a slightly more private and intimate character, while the promenade towards the quay is a more public space. This central garden is a lush and tranquil space that creates a green reference point in this busy urban environment.
Building Corners and Façades
The way in which the V-shaped buildings are angled causes many different apartment types to arise around corners and the obliquely cut gables.
The buildings open up as much as possible to the water, and all apartments have at least one balcony located primarily on the harbour side to provide the residents with sun and sea view. The angled sides of the balconies emphasize the horizontal dimension of the façade, while the variation in the positioning of windows and balconies ensures a lively and approachable appearance. The façades of Skibbroen are masonry of water struck bricks W 450 Jern and W 447 Flint from the Danish brick plant Petersminde, and masoned in a mix designed by the architect specifically to Skibbroen.
The uniqueness of the canal and harbour space has been wisely maintained and the houseboats help create a living harbour environment. Skibbroen influences the everyday life for both the residents and other users of the harbour such as the rowing club. The special life that characterises Skibbroen occurs due to users’ various activities and the mix of tranquillity, activity, transit and practical doings.
The building complies with Energy Class 2015, but the ventilation systems also comply with the requirements for energy consumption in energy class 2020
Project nameSkibbroen, Havneholmen, Copenhagen, Denmark
ArchitectHolscher Nordberg Architecture and Planning A/S
Facing bricks – W 450 Jern and W 447 Flint
Year of completion2016