Construction begins on OMA's
Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen


News: work has begun on the OMA-designed headquarters of Denmark's national centre for architecture in Copenhagen.

Scheduled for completion in early 2017, the 27,000-square-metre Bryghusprojektet is a mixed-use development on the site of an old brewery, which will include residential units, community spaces and a playground.

In the middle of the development will be the new offices for the Danish Architecture Centre, an organisation set up to spread knowledge about architecture and the built environment.

Construction begins on OMA's Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen

The centre will be surrounded by its own subjects of study and research, explains Ellen van Loon, who is OMA's partner-in-charge on the project along with the firm's co-founder Rem Koolhaas.

"Instead of stacking a mixed-use programme in a traditional way, we positioned the Danish Architecture Centre in the centre of the volume, surrounded by and embedded within its objects of study: housing, offices and parking," said van Loon.

The centre will include exhibition areas, research facilities, conference rooms, an auditorium, a bookshop and a cafe.

Construction begins on OMA's Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen

OMA's design for Bryghusprojektet, which is being funded by the philanthropic Realdania Foundation, was first revealed in 2006.

The Dutch firm is currently going head to head with Danish firm BIG in a competition to transform a convention centre in Miami, USA, while work is nearly complete on the OMA's Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China – see all architecture by OMA.

Images are courtesy of OMA.

Here's some more information from OMA:

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.

Construction begins today on the OMA-designed Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 27,000 sq m mixed-use project will accommodate a new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC). The building will act as the missing link between the city centre, the historic waterfront and the culturally rich Slotsholmen district of Copenhagen.

OMA partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon explained: "Instead of stacking a mixed-use programme in a traditional way, we positioned the DAC in the centre of the volume, surrounded by and embedded within its objects of study: housing, offices and parking. The urban routes reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different programme parts and the urban environment."

Situated among landmarks in the history of Danish architecture, Bryghusprojektet shares with the indigenous modernism tenets of simplicity, monumentality and urbanity. The site is bound by a cluster of historic monuments, including the Christiansborg Palace and the Old Brewery, whilst sharing the riverside with many other bold, contemporary interventions.

To capitalise on the site's potential, the building is an 'urban motor' to actively link the city and the waterfront. Providing a connection under the busy Christians Brygge, where entrances to the different program elements are strategically located, the site becomes both a destination and a connector at the hinge of the waterfront and the 'entrance' to the city.

  • Luke

    I have a feeling Bjarke isn’t very happy about this news.

  • chang wang

    This is absolutely beautiful! Rem Koolhaas is a brilliant genius! I really love it!

  • John

    Not exactly the height of Rem’s creative genius to be honest. This building already looks outdated. ’80s postmodernist to be precise. The MI6 Building in London to be even more precise. Can anyone else see this?

  • Marcel

    Yo dawg, I heard you like boxes so we put a box in yo box so you can box while you box.

  • mik

    I’m really trying to understand why this building is interesting. Can someone explain this gigantic pile of s**t?

  • Bernie Bernake

    Oh dear… Copenhagen deserves so much better than this.

  • Andyone

    It is one of the least sensitive buildings in Copenhagen, and unfortunately in one of the most sensitive areas. Come see the site now before it is forever ruined.

  • Bernie Bernake

    The saddest aspect of this monster is that it is meant to be representative of the high art of the architect, to inspire and invigorate, to integrate and embrace. Instead, we have a lump in a hugely prominent position in Europe's urban paean to design.

    Could I have done better? No, but I think there is a long list of architects who most certainly could have. And most of them, ironically, are Danish.

    Such a crashing shame.