(The Gunboat Sheds):
3XN’s Architectural Studio

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj


Kanonbådsvej 8,
1437 Copenhagen K


Saturday 10-17


  • Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
  • Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
  • Level access to outdoor areas
  • Lift
  • Accessible restroom
  • Locked doors can be opened from the outside in case of emergency
  • Chairs or benches to rest on
  • Possible to eat / drink
  • Disabled parking
  • Teleloop
  • Member of Solsikkesnoren
  • Member of God adgang

Take a look inside 3XN’s architectural studio, located in the old gunboat sheds in Holmen. Explore their hundreds of architectural models as you savor the atmosphere and natural beauty of the waterfront.

Surrounded by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (KADK), the Danish National School of Performing Arts and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Holmen, you will find the architectural studio of 3XN situated right at the water’s edge. The architectural studio occupies the five interconnected, brown wooden structures with red-tile roofs that served as gunboat sheds 200 years ago. Step inside and sense the history emanating from the ancient wooden beams, while through the mullioned windows you can see across the water to Christiania.

From Gunboat Shed to Contemporary Architecture Studio

The gunboat sheds were originally built in connection with the English Wars in the early 1800s. They housed Denmark’s brand new gunboats, which had been built to replace the navy Denmark lost in 1807 during the war against England. In 1964, the sheds were listed as a national heritage site and have since been renovated.

Sustainability lies behind everything 3XN does, and with that focus, the green research unit, GXN, was created in 2007. GXN’s work with behavioral design and sustainability provides the foundation for all of 3XN’s projects.

Explore Hundreds of Architectural Models

During Open House, you have a chance to experience the historical buildings and former naval gunboat sheds. At the same time, you’re invited to take a look inside 3XN and GXN’s open office spaces right on the water. You can get a close-up look at the architecture studio’s many models and explore GXN’s library of materials.