COBE wins contest to redevelop Copenhagen's Christiansholm island

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COBE has unveiled its masterplan for Christiansholm, an artificial island in Copenhagen harbour formerly occupied by the Danish press (+ slideshow).

Christiansholm island by COBE

Copenhagen-based COBE saw off competition from architects including OMA, MVRDV, Henning Larsen Architects and CF Møller to win the contract, which it has developed with Dutch landscape studio Inside Outside, and engineers Via Trak and Transsolar.

The 29,000-square-metre landmass in the heart of Copenhagen's harbour is known locally as Paper Island – a reference to its former occupants and the huge warehouses used to store its reams of newsprint.

Christiansholm island by COBE

But the press vacated in 2013, and the new 45,000-square-metre scheme will see its warehouses replaced with a development of pitched-roof halls containing event spaces, galleries and a swimming pool.

Housing will be placed on top of these ground-level uses, which renders show being used for fashion shows and street-food markets. The buildings will surround a green courtyard and have access to a public promenade along the waterfront.

Christiansholm island by COBE

"Our vision for the island's future is to create a place that celebrates the city's culture and the Copenhagen way of life," said COBE's creative director Dan Stubbergaard.



"It was important for us that Christiansholm also in future will be a first class example of Copenhagen's generous urban living that can attract tourists and visitors, at the same time has a strong local presence."

Christiansholm island by COBE

Christiansholm is located next to the Opera House and the Royal Danish Playhouse but, despite its prime location, the island has remained undeveloped. The island's owner, CPH City & Port Development, organised an invited competition to redevelop the area in April last year.

Christiansholm island by COBE

The island is currently home to Copenhagen's creative industries, including COBE's offices. The firm is undecided on whether it will relocate when the redevelopment commences in 2018.

"With its central location and significant neighbours Christiansholm is a place that very much puts us under an obligation," said Stubbergaard. "COBE has been working with architecture in Copenhagen for the last decade, and Christiansholm is a particularly important place for us, having our studio on the island."

Christiansholm island by COBE

"With the winning proposal we have taken a big step forward in the development of Christiansholm, which is the crown jewel of the inner harbour with its central location right across from the Royal Danish Playhouse," said CPH City & Port Development CEO Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.

The Danish firm will work with CPH City & Port Development, the City of Copenhagen and developer CØ p/s to develop the winning proposal for Christiansholm island in the coming months.

Christiansholm island by COBE

COBE recently completed a kindergarten in Copenhagen that is based on children's drawings of houses, and is working on plans to convert the area around the Bella Centre – home to design fair NorthModern – into a year-round creative hub.

Renderings are courtesy of COBE and Luxigon.


Project credits:

Client: CPH City & Port Development Architect: COBE
Landscape architect: Inside Outside
Traffic engineer: Via Tra k
Climate engineer: Transsolar

Christiansholm island by COBE
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Christiansholm island by COBE
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Christiansholm island by COBE
Site plan – click for larger image
Christiansholm island by COBE
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
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First floor plan – click for larger image
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  • Hej!

    These buildings will be outdated soon.

    • Owens

      What makes you say that?

  • Fraperic

    Why couldn’t they find a more local architect to design this?!

    • Andy

      More local?! Their office is literally located on the very island they are designing!

    • You mean more local than COBE who has been situated in the very same island for the past two years?

    • Owens

      You’re an idiot. COBE is in Copenhagen, where the project is.

    • Thomas

      This is what happens when you go to a website with the intention of and determination to being critical to something- and anything. You’ll make a fool of yourself.

      • Fraperic

        Alright guys, I’ll take the hook out of your mouth and throw you back in.

        • Pedro d’Aguiar

          Being a troll doesn’t make you less of an idiot. Quite the opposite.

          • Fraperic

            Oh come now Pedro, it was a small joke, and any intelligent person should have been able to sidestep it. If you fail to recognise the irony then I’m afraid it’s you who is the idiot.

          • Meme

            This is just hilarious. Something has bitten these guys very hard and I bet some of them work in COBE.

          • ioio

            A very small joke indeed. I’m sorry but thinking you are funny doesn’t make it so. And trolls are, by definition, idiots. People who despise them (any intelligent person, really), aren’t.

          • Fraperic

            You’re about one comment away from trolling yourself.

          • ioio

            Done.

        • SteveLeo

          Big fan of your work.