Bryghusgrunden mixed use, Copenhagen / OMA

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Realdania is a strategic foundation that initiates and supports built projects that improve the quality of life in Denmark. They are involved in aprox. 54 flagship projects, and now they are starting a mixed use building in Bryghusgrunden, one of the few undeveloped remaining areas of Copenhagen, Denmark with the potential to link the city to the waterfront. And guess who they choose for this project: OMA.

But what´s interesting in this project is the mixed of use. Housing, offices, public spaces and parking are put together with the Danish Architecture Center, with its own exhibition areas, research facilities, an auditorium, conference rooms, a bookstore and a café. It´s architecture meets one of it´s own key subject of study: mixed use.

Video, renders, plans and more info after the break.

As you can see on the above diagram, 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 project is lead by Ellen van Loon, who 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.”

From the press release: ’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.

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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.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Bryghusgrunden mixed use, Copenhagen / OMA" 03 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • javier

    Does this building design also work as a social condenser? Because it seems like the idea of mixed use has been explored by social condensers in the constructivist era of russian architecture.

  • nansilou

    thanks for those pictures

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  • solly

    hi Javier. can you tell me about social condensers? i want to know about it because i am currently working on a mixed use project.

  • Eva

    Is there a point in embedding exactly the same video twice?

  • cmrhm

    Horinzontal and vertical intergrated space. Lots of public space for the people to meet unexpectedly. Like IIT student center, but with different strategy.