“With our proposal for Kronløbsøen, we can do much more than just enhance the residents’ well-being. We will also add a clear identity to this new quarter of the city. Here you will not only live by the water, you will live with the water.” – Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects
In Copenhagen’s northern port, Kronløbsøen rises from the bottom of the dock as a seductive mirage in the transition between the city and the port. The ambition is to take the best of Copenhagen and combine it with the unique qualities that exist only at the water’s edge. It is to create an island that accommodates all the port’s leisure activities – swimming, sailing, playing, fishing, running, cycling, promenading, etc. In so doing, it will serve as a stepping stone between culture and nature.
The proposal for Kronløbsøen sets new standards for urban development along the water in Copenhagen. It embraces this through in-depth studies and sympathetic insights of the port’s scale and history and through the experience and perception of contemporary lifestyles. The result: a relational and homogeneous building structure.
This building structure comprises eight monoliths defined by their connections, visibility and micro-climate, creating optimal conditions for residential and urban spaces at a human scale. In short, this will become a new part of the city that exploits the unique site and orchestrates modern city life with clear architectural qualities, amazing urban spaces and a wide range of activities at the water’s edge.
The shape of the buildings is based on the site’s principal characteristic: the island will be surrounded by water on all four sides. Each side has its own unique relation to the water, ranging from the large port area to the passage’s intimacy and closeness. This distinctive character – with the water as both an experiential and visual quality – is maximised and perfectly utilised. For instance, all of the apartments will have at least two views of the water. This will not only enhance the residents’ well-being, but will also emphasise the identity of this new quarter of the city and its close interaction with its blue surroundings.