An alternate Copenhagen...

Niki May Young
Tuesday 25 Nov 2008

3XN present their entry for Denmark capital’s LM Project

CPH City and Port Development and ATP Ejendomme had invited six architectual companies into a competition for the design of a new building complex on the Copenhagen waterfront – the LM Project. Earlier this month Steven Holl Architects’ Copenhagen Gateway was chosen as the winner presenting two contrasting buildings connected across the water by two separate bridges. The design has proven controversial with WAN readers, one stating: “As a architectural professional I constantly get annoyed with the megalomania that seems to have seised architecture of today. This project is just one more in a long row of completely out of scale schemes published throughout the world.”

With this in mind 3XN present their alternative - CPH Arch office tower and bridge:

“A bridge spanning a body of deep water, providing the only dry connection between two stretches of land, is one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the landscape. Another classical element is the town gate, which marks the boundary between the countryside and the town, and ‘contains’ the town, physically, structurally and aesthetically.

“3XN’s proposal for a construction on Marmormolen in Copenhagen is both: a town gate and a bridge that links Marmormolen with Langeliniekaj, creating a new coherent area in Copenhagen Harbor.

“The towers and the bridge constitute one single, floating dynamic movement, characterized by the bold span across the harbor entrance in terms of both the plan design and the facade. Establishing a connection across the harbor radically improves public access and creates brand new opportunities for life and growth in the area.”

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