The Danish Building & Property Agency has selected Arkitema Architects to design a new office building to house four government agencies: Banedanmark, The Danish Transport Authority, The Danish Road Directorate and the Danish Energy Agency. The 43,000 square metre office building is named "Nexus," a word which "comes from Latin and means linkage, centre and connection," according to Glenn Elmbæk, partner at Arkitema Architects. "And that is exactly what we want to create for The Danish Building & Property Agency - a connection between people in their work lives, between knowledge and between the four government agencies."
More on the design after the break
Located in a prominent position on Copenhagen's Kalveboderne Quay West, the building forms a striking landmark and gateway to central Copenhagen, visible to both drivers along Kalveboderne Quay and to people arriving by train.
The ground floor of the building is dedicated to the building's communal functions, housing the canteen, café, meeting rooms, training centre and service centre around the reception, which acts as a focal point within the complex. The building is bisected by a "green street" to offer a pleasant environment for staff to enjoy at lunchtimes and in breaks.
The external facades are composed of brick, but the facades facing the green street are primarily glass. These inward-facing facades step back on the upper floors, increasing the sense of openness within the green street. Above, walkways connect the upper floors of the building to enhance the logistical connections within the office complex.
LocationCarsten Niebuhrs Gade, København V, Denmark
LandscapeArkitema Urban Design
ConstructionA. Enggaard, PPP operator
ClientThe Danish Building & Property Agency
PhotographsCourtesy of Arkitema Architects