Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters

Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters
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Courtesy of Arkitema
Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Masterplan

    Arkitema and Sjoerd Soeters
  • Residential and office buildings

    Arkitema and other Danish architectural practices
  • Landscape

  • Housing

    85,000 m²
  • Business

    50,000 m²
  • Client

    Copenhagen Malmö Port, Copenhagen Municipality, JM Danmark A/S, Sjælsø Gruppen A/S, Nordicom
  • Engineers

    NIRAS A/S (property development) and COWI A/S (housing islands)
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Courtesy of Arkitema
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Text description provided by the architects. Canal community with 1,000 dwellings.  Lively and imaginative housing blocks that are unique in Danish housing construction.   Amsterdam, Venice, Christianshavn – it is not hard to see where the Sluseholmen development finds its inspiration. Water is the essential element in the canal community now taking shape in the district's old industrial and harbour areas. 

Courtesy of Arkitema
Courtesy of Arkitema

Sluseholmen consists of eight housing islands, with large and small town houses standing side by side, forming continuous blocks. The atmosphere varies between an intimate canalside environment and areas characterised by a large scale and open views of the surrounding harbour environment. The houses are frequently located right next to the canals, while the bridges, wharfs and waterside steps allow residents to get close to the water and dip their toes in it. Together with the Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters, Arkitema has been responsible for the general planning of the area. Arkitema also developed the shell structures and drew up the overall game rules governing the proportions, materials and colours. 

Courtesy of Arkitema
Courtesy of Arkitema

These game rules provided a starting-point for the many architects who were invited to design facades. The individual houses are highly diverse in appearance, like Copenhagen vernacular architecture from around 1900. The result is lively and imaginative block housing that is unique in Danish housing construction. We have created green oases in the centre of the large courtyard areas – neighbourhood quadrangles where residents can organise common areas for relaxation and play. Here there is room for a rose garden, a swimming pool or a small private vegetable garden.


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Address: Sluseholmen, Copenhagen

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Cite: "Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters" 14 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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