Inspiring design selected for Copenhagen’s Water Culture House

23 January 2018
Credit: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates, Inc

Kengo Kuma & Associates




Kengo Kuma wins competition for a new waterfront centre

In February 2017, Copenhagen City launched an international competition for a unique swimming complex and waterfront promenade as part of a scheme to rejuvenate Papirøen - Paper Island, a 29,000 sqm islet previously occupied by the printing industry.

Kengo Kuma’s winning design softens the boundary between land and water through a multi-faceted series of pyramid and cone shapes, leading to the harbour's edge through a cascade of terraces. Despite the futuristic feel, the intricate brick façade is a nod to traditional design aesthetics. Morten Kabell, Technology and Environment Mayor, commented: “With brick pyramids floating on light glass constructions, the winning project will stand out and, at the same time, fit perfectly into the overall plan for Paper Island.”

The ideas competition was supported by 2.1m kroner from the Nordea Foundation, which donates to activities promoting health and cultural life. After further funding is secured to enable construction, the city administration hopes the water complex will be open by the end of 2021, when the full redevelopment of Paper Island is scheduled for completion.

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Research Specialist & Editor

This competition was first published by TenderStream on 08.02.2017. See the original brief here

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