Urban spaces

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COASTCOBE

This area between Østerbro and the harbor was once practically a vacuum. Today, the new district in the former industrial area forms a bridge to one of the biggest sustainable urban development areas in Scandinavia.

Since its foundation in 1850, the Århus Quarter has been an area in constant flux. From merchant shipping port to passenger ferry terminal, industrial and fuel storage zone to creative industry hub, the district continually responds to Copenhagen’s changing needs.

Today, as the city’s population steadily increases, Århusgadekvarteret has been transformed into a progressive residential quarter as the first phase of the ambitious re- development of Nordhavn, Copenhagen’s sustainable city of the future.

A district for everyone

Sandwiched between Østerbro and the waters of the Øresund strait, the quarter is developed to house 4,000 residents and 4,000 workplaces in a contemporary medley of Danish urban planning ideals: compact, green, smart, environmentally conscious, varied in identity and historically sensitive.

To walk amongst the diverse building scales, forms and materials – see The Silo, Frihavnstårnet and Portland Towers – a contagious energy can be felt, an optimism drawn from the area’s human-centric features.

The long waterside promenade and Sandkaj Harbour Bath flanking the area’s southern boundary draws year-round bathers, whilst the quarter’s narrow streets – helping reduce wind exposure – and playful public spaces including rooftop gem Konditaget Lüders, promote a local village feel enjoyed by all.