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Copenhagen

Metropolis

Built Year

2008

Architect

Future Systems & Danielsen Architecture

Contractor

KPC Byg

Engineer

MOE

Developer

Ejendomsselskabet Metropolis

Metropolis

Undulating shell-shaped facade elements

Metropolis has been the new landmark for the Sluseholmen district in Copenhagen since 2008. The design for the futuristic residential building is a result of a collaboration between the architectural firms Future Systems from London and Danielsen Architecture from Copenhagen.

The 45-meter-high building with a gross floor area of 10,000 m2 stands on an artificial, four-meter-high peninsula. The view on the waterfront, Sydhavnen and the city from the 44 exclusive apartments and the large common rooftop terrace is spectacular and makes Metropolis a popular housing location.

 

Natural patina like a mussel

Much attention went to the elegantly undulating facade elements in light blue GRC by BB fiberbeton, which protect the balconies, terraces and ceiling-high windows from the elements.

The marble powder used in the glassfibre reinforced concrete provides a shimmering surface, which is untreated and will change naturally over time. This patina, the characteristic liveliness of concrete, is inherent in the material and has only aesthetic consequences. Like a mussel, the expression of the facade will change with the weather: dark in the rain, light when it is dry.

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