Vision for BLOX

BLOX creates a new and extraordinary venue for life in the city. 

BLOX is also initiating several new bridges that are going up across and along the harbour. Bridges that tie the city and the harbour together. Bridges that create new connections. 

BLOX provides a setting for recreational outdoor urban spaces, playgrounds, homes and cafés as well as a unique forum for the built environment with room for work, exhibitions, research and reflection. This is going to be an extraordinary place. A place that embraces both popular and professional activities. A shared place for the creative professions involved in urban development, construction, architecture and design.

A place that is open to everyone and brimming with exciting attractions – from exhibitions over lectures and workshops to a restaurant and a bookstore.

BLOX – an active asset for Copenhagen and for Denmark.

Location and connections

Animation made by OMA. November 2011. 

BLOX occupies the so-called Brewery Site, which sits in a busy central location: close to the bridge Langebro, 800 metres from City Hall Square, bordered by Vester Voldgade, Frederiksholms Kanal and, on the third side, the harbour and the arterial road Ring 2. That is the setting of this exciting new place in the city. A place that is inspiring to visit. And a place that invites passers-by to pause, spend some time and take in the scene: experiencing architecture, visiting the playground, enjoying food and drink or simply taking in the view of the harbour. 

BLOX brings new life to this part of the city and ties together the harbour and central Copenhagen. It features a new bridge across the harbour for pedestrians and cyclists and creates connections in places where it is difficult to stroll today. BLOX is centrally located in relation to the new bridges and connections that the City of Copenhagen and Realdania are planning. With its location, the project suggests a new possible culture route, where the new building, which houses the Danish Architecture Centre, connects with Slotsholmen, the site of the Danish Parliament, as well as a range of cultural institutions including the National Museum of Denmark, the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, The Royal Library and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

Bicycle and pedestrian bridge

In connection with the BLOX project, a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be built spanning the harbour north of the existing bridge Langebro. 

The bridge extends from the urban setting of Vester Voldgade and touches down in a new urban space by Langebrogade towards Langebro, close to the old embankment area. The new bridge improves conditions for pedestrians and cyclists by offering a calmer alternative to the busy Langebro. The bridge also links BLOX and central Copenhagen to Havneparken, Kalvebod Bølge and Christianshavns Vold. It is scheduled for completion in 2018.

A gift to the city
The bridge is a gift from Realdania with the goal of developing the recreational qualities and accessibility in the central part of Copenhagen Harbour. The bridge project is a collaboration effort between Realdania By & Byg (a subsidiary of Realdania) and the City of Copenhagen. A new bicycle link near Langebro has been included in the municipal plan for Copenhagen since 2001.

Architecture
The winning project is a convincing and elegant bridge. The main feature is a simple, curved line that gives the impression of a graceful, bent bow that serves as a natural link between two parts of the city. The two swing spans are parallel with Langebro and allow passage for large ships. The free height is 5.40 metres, tall enough for the Harbour Buses. With a three-metre lane for pedestrians and four metres for cyclists, the bridge offers ample space to its users. 

The bridge was designed by an international team led by the British firm BuroHappold Engineering in cooperation with the architectural firms WilkinsonEyre and Urban Agency.

Click here to see other projects from the winning team:

BuroHappold

WilkinsonEyre

UrbanAgency

Traffic
The bridge provides improved conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and thus takes pressure off Langebro, which is used by 35,000 cyclists on an average weekday. User surveys show that the new bridge will offer an attractive alternative for many of the cyclists and pedestrians who are currently using Langebro. In particular, it will be a popular option for cyclists commuting between, on the one hand, central Copenhagen and Nørrebro and, on the other, Islands Brygge, the university, Ørestad and western Amager.

The City of Copenhagen aims to be the world’s best city for cyclists. In 2015, 50% of all commuters bike to work and education. Today, cycling is the fastest and most efficient daily form of transportation for many Copenhageners. Based on estimates and studies of bicycle traffic, the new bridge will be used by as many as 9,000 cyclists and 2,000 pedestrians on a daily basis. The bridge is an important part of the efforts to facilitate travel within the city and to expand and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. 

 

Historical background of the site


The Brewery Site with the former Langebro. 1931.

The Brewery Site emerged in the 1660s as a result of landfills in the harbour and on the islet of Frederiksholm. 
The first brewery was established here already in 1767. 
From 1772 until 1923, the site housed the King’s Brewery. Thus, beer for royal and public consumption was brewed here for more than 150 years. 
The King’s Brewery burned down in 1960, and for the next 50 years, the area was used for a temporary playground and a car park. 
In 1994, Ørestad Development Corporation (Ørestadsselskabet) acquired the site from the Danish state. 
Realdania By & Byg bought the site in 2005 with a view to creating a new building and an urban space of exceptional architectural quality that would enhance the area and help tie the city and the harbour together.

The new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians will be located where the original Langebro bridge was built in the late 17th century. The original Langebro connected Rysensteen and Kalvebod bastions – from Vester Voldgade to Langebrogade. Thus, the new bridge contains a historical reference. 

 

 

Project history

The groundbreaking May 2013.

Inauguration (2018) 

The building is scheduled to be ready for inauguration in spring 2018..

Occupancy (2017) 

The building is scheduled to be completed and operational. 

Construction (2013-2017) 

The project is under construction. 

Preliminary project and main project (2010-2013) 

The project proposal is drawn up. It contains a more detailed design brief for the building as well as drawings and models of the basic principles for the project. 
The project proposal is turned into a preliminary project, which forms the basis for an application for a building permit. 
The main project is prepared, describing the construction stages in detail. In a bidding round, prices are obtained, and arrangements are made with the contractors. 

Programming (2007-2009) 

Drawing up the construction brief. The construction brief is a more detailed description of the client’s requirements and requests for the finished structure. 
Establishing a programme for preliminary site assessment with regard to environmental, geo-technical and archaeological issues. 
Preparing the conceptual design. The conceptual design includes the initial drawings and models of the construction. It describes the main lines of the structure including the overall shape of the building, the distribution of square metres for the various functions and the types of materials to be used. 

The idea phase (2006) 

The overall vision for the project is articulated. 
Urban space and urban history analysis is carried out. 
The architect is selected. The idea brief is drawn up.

 

Timeline for bridge: 

June 2015: announcement of the winning project from the project competition.

First half of 2016: application processing, public hearing and local development plan.

Second half of 2016: planning and selection of main contractor.

Early 2017: construction begins.

2018: project scheduled to be completed and handed over.

 

BLOX partners


 

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be an important part of the finished project – and a close project partner throughout the planning and construction phase.

dac.dk/en



 

OMA, the architects behind BLOX, is an internationally acclaimed Dutch architectural firm.

 

oma.eu



 

Züblin is the main contractor.

 


züblin.com


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lödige delivers the fully automated car park system.

 


lödige.com


 

Metallbau Früh delivers the facades.

 

metallbau-fruh.com




BLOX is funded by Realdania. Realdania By & Byg is the client and the owner of the site and building. Realdania By & Byg is a fully owned subsidiary of Realdania. 

The City of Copenhagen and Realdania work together to develop the entire area around the site.

The City of Copenhagen

Realdania

Realdania By & Byg

Realdania By & Byg

Realdania By & Byg compiles and publicises a portfolio of unique properties in Denmark. That also applies to BLOX, which aims to make a difference and generate development and change in the area. Throughout, the project is based on close cooperation with the surroundings, curious dialogue and the development of the strong networks that make BLOX an extraordinary setting for life in the city. 

BLOX is scheduled to be ready for use in 2017.

Bridge partners

The bridge project is the collaborative effort of Realdania By & Byg and the City of Copenhagen.

The bridge is a gift from Realdania to Copenhagen. Realdania By & Byg oversees the planning and construction of the bridge. Upon completion, the ownership and responsibility for ongoing operations and maintenance pass to the City of Copenhagen.

Realdania By & Byg A/S is a subsidiary of Realdania. The purpose of the company is to build, acquire and operate properties primarily within the scope of Realsdanias foundation strategy. Realdania By & Byg oversees the construction of the bridge and of BLOX.

City of Copenhagen

Realdania

Realdania By & Byg

The bridge was designed by an international team led by the British firm BuroHappold Engineering in cooperation with the architectural firms WilkinsonEyre and Urban Agency.

BuroHappold

WilkinsonEyre

UrbanAgency

The turnkey contractor for the construction of the bridge is a joint venture between Mobilis Danmark and Hollandia Infra I/S.

Mobilis Danmark

Hollandia Infra I/S

Contact/Find us


Photo: Lars Gundersen/Realdania By & Byg

Contact us if you have any questions

During the construction period (until 2017), BLOX has its offices in Fæstningens Materialgård (the Fortification Materials Yard), which faces the construction site. Realdania purchased the site, and Realdania By & Byg is the client for BLOX.

BLOX

Fæstningens Materialgård
Frederiksholms Kanal 30, 1. sal
1220 Copenhagen K
info@blox.dk

Press contact 

Heidi Meier Bach, communication manager 
Tel.: +45 2680 3503
hba@realdania.dk

Realdania 

Jarmers Plads 2 
1551 Copenhagen V 
Tel. +45 7011 6666 
realdania@realdania.dk 

Realdania By & Byg 

Jarmers Plads 2
1551 Copenhagen V 
Tlf. +45 7011 0606 
info@realdaniabyogbyg.dk

Office address for BLOX

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Location of BLOX