The design for an eight-storey stepped wooden building in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been revealed. The proposed mixed-use commercial building, called Marmormolen, will be built at the Nordhavn waterfront on the eastern edge of Copenhagen, measuring 28,000m2 and built fully using solid timber. Construction will begin in early 2022, and is expected to open in 2024.
Danish architecture practice Henning Larsen and engineering company Ramboll are behind the design. Marmormolen was designed for Danish pension fund AP Pension, and it will be one of the largest contemporary wood structures in Denmark, according to Henning Larsen: “The building, which will be one of the largest contemporary wood structures in Denmark, combines office, retail, and public program on the popular Nordhavn waterfront.”
Wooden buildings are naturally carbon-negative because they store and sequester carbon instead of emitting it, as Søren Øllgaard, partner and design director of Henning Larsen, explained: “Today, it is imperative that architecture challenges our usual notion of structures and materials.
“The construction industry is a major emitter of CO2, and we therefore also have great opportunities to make things better. We’re excited to be working with AP Pension on a project that puts sustainability and sustainable strategies such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals first.”
According to Dezeen, Marmormolen will contain offices, retail spaces and restaurants. The ground floor of the building is planned as an extension of the nearby public waterfront, merging existing public amenities with a landscaped park and a large public marketplace. A canteen and auditorium also located on the ground floor will function as both a public eatery and events space for markets and theatres. On the upper levels of the building, work spaces will feature panoramic views across Copenhagen’s skyline and seafront, while a large shared courtyard at the centre of the building will provide the interior with green outdoor space.
Photos: Henning Larsen