Foster + Partners has broken ground on the new headquarters for Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark. Located on the urban fringe of Copenhagen in Kastrup, the 39,000-square-meter project occupies a waterfront site along the Øresund crossing between Copenhagen and Malmö near the Copenhagen International Airport.
With this location and neighborhood of predominantly low-rise development, the new company offices will feature expansive views towards Malmö and the Swedish coast, where the company was founded.
A large stone plinth supports the “lightweight” glass buildings, which appears to float above. This plinth additionally will serve as the first line of defense against floods, and is integrated with street furniture and landscape elements.
We wanted to create a very strong base that directly connects to and celebrates this unique waterside location and lifts the building above that level – so that there are uninterrupted views from the ground floor to the strait and the surrounding harbor, said Grant Booker, who led the design of the building.
Each of the six stacked floors of the building—as well as the roof canopy—cantilevers out farther than the last, creating self-shaded spaces on every level. This triangular shape is driven by the shape of the site, which is surrounded by water on all sides.
The heart of the building is composed of a large internal atrium with panoramic views that houses an entrance lobby, café, break-out space, and catered conference facilities for social events.
The layout of the other interior spaces of the building was driven by studies of Ferring’s work methodologies. Offices and laboratories for quiet, individual work are situated on the edges of the building, where they can take advantage of the views and natural light. More collaborative meeting spaces are then located towards the center, overlooking the atrium.
Learn more about the project here.
News via Foster + Partners.