The project is composed of a multi-functional building with a number of external activities, primarily initiated by the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC); with a café and restaurant, housing and offices for rent. In addition, there will be a large underground car park.
The idea is to gather many activities around the development in one building; a building of outstanding architectural quality. At the same time, the building and its open areas and playground will help bring more life to the area around Bryghusgrunden, enhancing the link between the inner city and Copenhagen harbour.
The Bryghusprojekt is significant because it faces the city, and accordingly the city is inviting people to the harbour. The plan is to create a new space between the building and the listed building, Materialgård. The space will be sheltered from traffic and wind; and is west-facing, so the sun can take its natural course. Instead of the existing playground, four new playgrounds for children of various age groups will be created, both in the building and at several other places on the site.
Designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA
One of the world's most influential and internationally recognised architects; the Dutchman Rem Koolhaas and his design office OMA, has designed the project.
Ellen van Loon, OMA’s partner in charge of the project, concluded that “unlike the typical ‘stacked’ section where individual programs remain autonomous, the program ‘heap’ of the Bryghusprojekt has the elements stacked in a seemingly random order. The public program, the urban routes and the DAC reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different program parts.”
Koolhaas/OMA are well-known for their open approach to projects, and they were among the first who saw the new opportunities in developing different collaborations between owner, architect, contractor and the surrounding community.