University Gardens, Ørestad North Copenhagen, Housing Snake Architecture, Danish Building Photos

University Gardens Ørestad North, Copenhagen

Sydhavn Projekt, København, Danmark design by Arkitema Architects

3 Nov 2008

Emerging Danish dockland architecture in Copenhagen:

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Date built: 2007

Architect: Arkitema

University Gardens Ørestad North, Sydhavnen

Photos by Arkitema

University Gardens Ørestad

University Gardens comprises the second and third phase of the Housing Snake located in Ørestad North, which will writhe its way through all five of the area’s construction zones. In order to create cohesion between the five construction zones and the five different construction projects, a common unifying feature has been adopted: a continuous roof at 25 m height.

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Besides the characteristic common roof, a rustic canal also winds its way alongside the Housing Snake. Together with the first part of the Housing Snake, University Gardens forms a rural-like space in a large and comprehensive city park designed by Arkitema’s Plan & Landscape department. An underground car park has been established beneath the city park.

University Gardens consists of three main elements: a recessed basement area in white concrete, the actual building volumes with their black panels and glass sections, and the common concrete roof. The clarity of expression is emphasised by the building’s angular composition, the straight lines of which contrast with the curving urban space with its level differences, planted surfaces and wooden benches.

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At the same time, the building’s bays and corner balconies break up the angular rhythm and create variations. All of the flats have at least one balcony, formed as a precise glass box which contrasts with the building’s heaviness and provides the maximum amount of view for each residence. In order to reduce the building’s large scale, the windows of each flat have been combined in a single section, with associated balcony.

University Gardens Ørestad North – Building Information

Address: Tom Kristensens Vej 20-44, Copenhagen S
Size: approx. 17,800 m² / 174 flats – 134 owner-occupied flats and 40 housing society flats – from 75-130 m²
Year of construction: 2005-07

Client: Kuben Byg
Architect: Arkitema
Landscape Architect: Arkitema Plan & Landscape
Engineers: COWI
Turnkey contractor: MT Højgaard

Photographs: Arkitema

University Gardens Ørestad North photos / information from Arkitema 031108


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