Art & Architecture + [Waterfront]

Kalvebod Brygge, Copenaghen, Danimarca: Kalvebod Waves by Klar + Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

Friday the 30th of August marks the official opening of harbor front project in Copenhagen, Kalvebod Waves, collectively designed by Klar and JDS/Julien De SmedtArchitects with the support of Sloth Møller and Niras Engineers.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

The project injected some 28.000 m2 of outdoor space for all which introduced a new concept of bathing and water sports to the capital. the success was immediate and the first real signs of the city turning itself back to its waterways became evident.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

Kalvebod Brygge is situated opposite the popular Copenhagen summer hang out, Islands Brygge. Kalvebod Brygge has the potential to be Islands Brygge’s more urban counterpart but has, until now, been synonymous with a desolated office address devoid of life and public activities.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

This new waterfront will be a place for a larger spectrum of public activities. With a close connection to the central train station and Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famous city amusement park, ‘Kalvebod Bølge’, the ‘Kalvebod Waves’ will become a hub, buzzing with activity and providing a chance for the inner city to regain its connection to the harbour.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

Constituted more by its functionality than its tradition, this inner city site is less fragile than others and manifests Copenhagen’s contemporary urban waterfront with neighbouring entities such as the Black Diamond Library and the Nykredit building.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

The project consists of two main plazas, which extend across the water and are positioned with regards to sunlight and wind conditions. to the south, the pier allows for a flexible public space on the water with facilities to host events related to the creative industry.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

During the last 10 years Copenhagen has developed into a stronghold for the creative class, therefore Kalvebod Brygge proposes an urban showcase that gives organizations, companies, festivals and fairs a location along the waterfront.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

In connection with this space, an active water enclave is created, for various water related activities. the plaza and surrounding pontoons provide the necessary facilities for these activities to function.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

The flow of boats that commute to and from the water hub also creates an active maritime background and secures the connectivity of the plaza to the rest of the city. the second square acts as an oasis on the water, providing both proximity and access.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

This recreational space, with a beach, allows for a break from the hectic pace of urban life, where a floating garden is proposed. A maritime park where urban and maritime life meet.

Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds
Kalvebod Waves by Klar and Jds

Location: Kalvebod Brygge, Copenhagen Harbor, Denmark Team: KLAR, Future Experience, U-Turn, White Water Adventure Park, JDS Creative Authorship: Julien De Smedt Project Leader: Francisco Villeda, Henning Stüben, Jeppe Ecklon, Sandra Fleischmann Project Team: Coralie Pfister, Felix Luong, Jacob Aaron Simanowitz, James Mcbennett, Kristoffer Harling, Lieven Schulz, Magda Kusowska, Philipp Ohnesorge, Richard Duong Tu, Wouter Dons Size: 4.000 m2 Budget: 7.000.000 Eur Year: 2013 Client: Copenhagen’s Municipality

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