Signalhuset / NOBEL

Architect: NOBEL arkitekter a/s
Location: Arne Jacobsens Allé 11, 2300 Copenhagen S,
Client: KPC-BYG A/S/Lejerbo
Landscape: NOBEL arkitekter a/s
Engineer: COWI A/S
Building contractor: Hoffmann A/S
Size: 8.300 m2
Build: 2004-2006
Project type: Competition
Photographs: Jens Lindhe, NOBEL arkitekter a/s

The Signal House has a central location in Ørestad City, oriented directly towards the curved canal along Arne Jacobsens Allé. The building is elevated on a number of elements lifting the 288 housing units hover above the ground.

The building facades are composed of an external transparent screen of galvanised stretch metal frames that define the building’s outer shape. Together with the external screen, the coloured facade areas create a lively, varied structure that adds presence and identity to the building.

The plan concept is based on the ‘four-in-one’ principle, which means that it is relatively simple to convert four youth units into a single, traditional one-family dwelling.

Cite: "Signalhuset / NOBEL" 27 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Ignacio Henriquez Carrera

    looks nice, but it would be interesting to see how the apartment interiors work when inhabited. Are there any shots from inside the building?

  • O

    Remembers me Unité d Habitation`s LC in Marseille

  • Frederick

    Is this a restoration/transformation or a whole new building? I agree with IHC, it would be nice to see some detailed plans of the interior…

  • lebu

    very nice design, simple and clear.ofcoarse with a lot of influence from the unite d habitation.

  • Traktor Dan

    tjeck out “HC Huset” on – pretty great and not at all LeC :-)