Bryghusgrunden Project by OMA



Office for Metropolitan Architecture has designed Bryghusgrunden Project, a building on Copenhagen's waterfront that will house the Danish Architecture Centre and the Realdania Foundation.


Update 09/04/08:  More renderings and plans in our new story.

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OMA reveals design of Bryghusgrunden Project in Copenhagen: new Realdania Headquarters and Danish Architecture Center

(Copenhagen, April 7, 2008) The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) today revealed the design for the Bryghusgrunden Project at the historic waterfront in Copenhagen. The 27,000 square meter building will include new facilities for the Danish Architecture Center (DAC), the headquarters of the Realdania Foundation, along with a distinctive mix of residential units, public program and playground facilities.

The Bryghusgrunden Project is located on the harbor on the site of an old brewery, the Bryghusgrunden, one of the few remaining areas with the potential to link the city to the waterfront. The building itself will straddle the busy Christians Brygge ring road, creating new urban connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the waterfront and Denmark’s houses of government.

The mix of program within the building is unique - for the first time an architecture center will be embedded within its own key subjects of study and research - housing, offices, public space and parking. The DAC will include several exhibition areas, research facilities, an auditorium, conference rooms, a bookstore and a café.

Ellen van Loon, OMA’s partner in charge of the project, concluded that “unlike the typical ‘stacked’ sections where individual programs remain autonomous, the program ‘heap’ of the Bryghusgrunden Project has the elements stacked in a seemingly random order. The public program, the urban routes and the DAC reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different program parts.”

OMA’s design integrates the existing playground facility on the site into the project and extends it with new typologies for different age groups distributed over the entire site - facing the city as well as the waterfront. A more secure playground is integrated at the transition point between landscape and building and is directly linked to the educational spaces of the DAC. The landscape at the waterfront is designed for older children.

The building is designed in compliance with the highest standards of the new Danish energy code. The building uses a mixed system of mechanical and natural ventilation, a high performance glass facade and other environmentally sustainable systems, such as sea water cooling. The heat gained in the building will be used to heat the public spaces in winter.

Realdania is a Danish strategic foundation created with the objective of initiating and supporting projects that improve the built environment. OMA was selected for the Bryghusgrunden Project in 2006 following an interview procedure.

The project is led by OMA partners Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with project managers Chris van Duijn and Dirk Peters. Van Loon and Koolhaas’s previous collaborations include the design of the new aquarium and science center in Hamburg, the headquarters of NM Rothschild & Sons in London, the redevelopment of Mercati Generali in Rome and the completion of Porto’s Casa da Musica and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin

Posted on Monday April 7th 2008 at 2:45 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Post

    hehe, looks like the collapsed Hamburg-O …

  • K. Rimane

    like it. looks very much like Habitat69 in Montreal.

  • LaoyeChan

    They’re now playing

  • Diamond

    just one more of the horrific cubic accumulation of programs, where are the urban principles here?

    I just wish this was design by BIG architects rather than OMA, the do-it-the-same-every-where office.

  • bald skull

    as a student, this project is completely uninspiring.

    lego brick sketch models?

  • Charles


  • abyssinian

    P.S. Joshua can you please stop by and “freak” these boxes!!!

  • Frederik


  • J

    When you run out of ideas…

  • brownie

    Why the danish architecture center is going to be design by a Dutch firm, with such a poor proposal….somebody stop OMA please

  • More BOxes And More PeoPle livinG IN

  • Luison

    it looks like a second semester proyect. i think that the right thing to do here is to comission this proyect to some danish firm for sure.

  • following SANAA?…

    it has some similities with SANAA’s new art museum in NY

  • punymeier

    another PR job done good!

  • Frederik

    Sadly most people in here are carried away by those three, small renderings focusing on the project’s resemblance to other (OMA) projects. Hey, at least read the text below and find more and larger renderings before commenting. This is indeed a multi-functional and extremely complex project very different from what Koolhaas and gang has done before. One of the largest roads of Copenhagen goes directly through the building, the main entrance is UNDER the building, the harbor promenade is being let through the building etc.

    This project holds tremendous qualities, however, those are not immediately revealed by those three, small renderings above. We need more and larger renderings here, please.

  • jed

    it’s a shame they didn’t choose danish architects.

  • Frederik

    Here is a link to a 3D presentation of the project:

  • Frederik

    Guys, this is not a building that will only host The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), moreover, it will only include the open, exhibition parts of DAC. So I just don’t see the big fuzz about chosing Rem and OMA instead of a Danish practice. Originally six firms were invited for several rounds of interviews including Behnisch Architekten, Lundgaard & Tranberg, 3xN, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA – Rem Koolhass and Renzo Piano. The organization funding the plans, that will cost between 200-300 million € to realise, just had a really good dialogue with OMA.

  • TC

    Am I the only one that thinks that this is “slightly” out of scale and context ? I have no doubt that the interior space will be exciting, but it’s about the only building in that area that goes all the way to the canal and there seems to be no walkway along the water anymore. I also happen to like the city outline as seen from outside the Black Diamond, looking towards Langebro. That perspective seems to be completely cut by this large new object…but I guess me and the building authority of Copenhagen have different views on the issue :-)

    I just think that the last empty lot on the central Copenhagen waterfront deserved better, and I agree to the previous posters : it could’ve been a Danish office…Anyway, a difficult site -I hope the building lives up to its position.

  • J

    My WORD!

  • joe

    similar, but larger concept like this:

    I am curious to learn how Rem is going to solve natural ventilation/day light issues with this volume.

  • ab

    stop judging architecture only from renderings… this will be an amazing building when it’s build… just wait…

    architecture must be critisized the way some people do here only when it’s built.

    without even seeing a plan or section how can you defend your idea this strong.

  • Insider

    poeple here is criticizing the stupid boxes that showed in the rendering. Whoever helps the client get more floor area and lower the budget can win the project. Building above the road helped rem, but why boxes?
    The design should selected throuh design competition, not stupid interviews, whoelse can beat rem’s speach? but young guys BIG JDS can do better design.

  • CS

    well … i wdnt quickly jump on to conclusions like my fellow friends did, but for sure this building is not as exciting/seducing as any other Rem building would do. but for sure would love to wait for larger renderings.

  • TC
  • Frederik

    Insider: “Whoever helps the client get more floor area and lower the budget can win the project”. What?!? The “client” is not your average private investor aiming at as much profit as possible. As it says in the text, the “client” (Realdania) is a private philanthropist and CABE-like organization. It does not matter for them getting as much floor area or lowering the budget. That’s not their focus at all.

  • p

    could we discuss architecture for a once?

  • Frederik

    Sure, we can discuss architecture here too, of course, I am just trying to correct and respond to the majority of people in here, who base their argumentation and comments on the architecture of this project on wrong facts.

  • micaela

    any body else speak in spanish?
    :( I want to know more of this work

  • Jim

    This project looks really awful, terrible no like other thingI have seen produced by the firm. I must agree that this project suffers a shortage of idea, lack of scale, urban context,…. I mean, please. Next to this classick building this awful building does not state no new beauty. What happened to the newness which OMA asserted at Tres Grand bibliotheek du France?

  • JAXX, Copenhagen

    A worst case cut & paste project by OMA which will disfugure the most important cultural heritage area in the historical centre of Copenhagen

  • JAXX, Copenhagen

    The British magazine, Monocle, has awarded Copenhagen the prize The World’s Best City To Live In.

    According to Monocle’s Mr. Tyler Brûlé, Copenhagen has several severe qualities compared to other metropolis. Only one problem gets the highlight in an interviewed in the Danish newspaper Politiken (9 June 2008). Violence to the Copenhagen’s harbour front. He criticizes the massive glass buildings along the harbour front, which has deserted entire neighbourhoods, but he expresses hopes that the City Council and the urban planners have learned from past grave mistakes.

    Unfortunately, he is wrong. At this very moment, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Ms. Ritt Bjerregaard, is trying – in close collaboration with a wealthy private, commercial investor, Realdania – to get approval for a devastating construction of an enormous office building at the harbour front’s last open space at the very centre of the historical centre. The main purpose of the Realdania project would be to host the domicile of Realdania themselves.

    The proposed architecture will – if build – disfigure one of the city’s most important and valuable historical and recreational areas. To enabling the voluminous construction, Realdania demands that the City Council compromise a large number of municipal urban planning regulations concerning building volume, building heights, public access to the water front, as well as the national cultural heritage protection laws; regulations which have secured the city’s integrity for many decades.

    Monocle and Mr. Brûlé have rightly awarded Copenhagen the attractive prize. Copenhagen is truly one of the world best cities to live in. However, the current Lord Mayor is about to compromising the capital’s attractiveness and devaluating the city’s enormous potential to become even more attractive by making the harbour and canal environment people friendly in stead of commercial friendly.

    Copenhagen’s inhabitants are not only privileged by living in one of the world’s best cities, they are by tradition actively contributing to the shaping of the city. Denmark was first to introduce public participation in psychical planning and urban development.

    Regarding the specific matter, the Friends of the Brewery Site (in Danish: Bryghusgruppen) has, supported by thousands of Copenhageners and civil society groupings, presented a unique vision for a new, attractive recreational and cultural urban space on the Brewery Site, which would, in our view, make Copenhagen one of the world’s best capitals to live in for many decades to come.

    Thursday 12 June, at a ceremony in Copenhagen, Mr. Brûlé will give the Lord Mayor the prize.

    The Friends of the Brewery Site encourage Mr. Brûlé to address the Lord Mayor’s arbitrary urban development policy with specific reference to the Brewery Site along the harbour front and the historical canal environment, and suggest Mr. Brûlé to calling upon the Lord Mayor and the City Council members to seriously reconsider Realdania’s devastating construction plan and instead working together with the inhabitants towards realising the harbour front’s real potential as a recreational zone in a wonderful historical area – in the World’s best city to live in.

  • what i saw from pic one, i thought there were some houses built in the Antarctic Pole.
    So cool it is!!