Metropolis

Residential

Metropolis
Photo: Jesper Ray Manley
 

Surrounded by water on three sides, Metropolis dominates Sluseholmen’s outermost peninsula like a futuristic blue, supernatural creature.

Like a ship surging through the harbour waters, the futuristic Metropolis stands tall upon a four-metre-high, man made peninsular at the edge of Sluseholmen.

Almost entirely surrounded by water, its exposed position is in stark contrast to the dense configuration of housing quadrants to its south.

It is this singularity that makes the building pop from its foundations, and is perhaps why the 44 exclusive apartments have consistently remained some of the city’s most popular.

Inspired by Copenhagen’s visiting cruise liners, the harbour’s former silos and Knippels Bridge’s copper towers, Metropolis’s collaborating English and Danish architects fashioned it in a clover-type form.

From the building’s east side, residents enter one of four atriums, their apartments fanning out towards the extensive, curved balconies overlooking Sydhavnen and the city.

Framed in pre-cast fibre concrete slabs – containing marble powder to produce a shimmering maritime blue façade that has matured to resemble the shell of a mussel – the undulating ceiling-high windows and balconies nestle, protected from the elements. Further details are incorporated into the façades’ wrapped concrete slabs, such as the beautiful oval porthole window in recognition of the area’s maritime heritage and thriving waterside culture.

Area

Sydhavn

Architect

Future Systems
Danielsen Architecture

Client

Ejendomsselskabet Metropolis

Landscape architect

Nordkranen

Engineer

MOE

Contractor

KPC Byg A/S

Built

2008