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.