The Realdania Foundation acquired the Brewery Site at the turn of year,
through its subsidiary Realea A/S. March 31st marks the public announcement
of the program for the selection of an architect for the design of a
building for the Brewery Site. With this the building project has thus
moved an important step closer to its realization.
The building is to house the Danish Architecture Center, a bookshop and a
café on its ground floor. The building is also to include offices and
residential units. The Realdania Foundation itself is expected to occupy a
smaller portion of the new building. New public spaces are to be
established along the fairway of the Inner Harbour and Frederiksholms
Canal, incorporating a first-rate playground within the building scheme
either on the promenade or on the water.
”We hope to assemble a number of activities pertaining to building within a
single building, and that the building will be of exceptional architectonic
quality. At the same time we very much hope that the building will generate
more life in the neighbourhood around the Brewery Site, and that we will
help strengthen the neighbourhood as an active connection between the city
and the harbour,” to quote Flemming Borreskov, CEO of the Realdania
The Brewery Site is the last undeveloped site on the harbourfront in the
centre of Copenhagen. The site is located just north of the Langebro
bridge, between Vester Voldgade and Frederiksholms Canal, and is
neighboured by Christian IV’s Brewery, the Royal Library – “The Black
Diamond”, Søren Kierkegaards Plads, the “Materialgården” building and the
residential building “Ny Christiansborg”.
An important part of the process is the identification, through
an interview-based competition, of a highly qualified architect of
international stature who can actively engage in the development of the
building on the Brewery Site. This is, in Danish terms, an untraditional
approach. According to Flemming Borreskov: “We are first of all looking to
select an architect and not a project, thus there is not mention of a
traditional architecture competition. The advantage of this is the active
role that the architect can come to play, in collaboration with us and the
other consultants, in programming the overall project, where there still
are a number of open-ended questions.“
The architect will be selected on the basis of architectonic vision,
competences, qualifications of key employees and experience with comparable
projects. The architect will not be selected on the basis of a concrete
project rendered for the Brewery Site. The selection of a contractor and an
engineer will be according to the same principles.
The architect’s task will be, together with the other consultants and
contractors, to prepare a concept plan for the building design and content.
It is to be a plan that fulfils the high aspirations and objectives,
complying with the basic ideas of the building project and supporting the
correlation with the unique historic and urban context.
Advance invitations and prequalification
Realdania has invited three architects firms in advance: the Dutch office
of Rem Koolhaas / OMA, the Swiss office of Herzog & de Meuron and the
Italian office of Renzo Piano.
Realdania is looking to prequalify an additional 3 to 5 architect firms.
Thus the invitation to interested and worthy architect firms to participate
in the prequalification round. The deadline for applications for
pre-qualification is April 21st, 2006.
The following Assessment Committee has been appointed to assist Realdania
with the prequalification and selection of an architect: CEO of the
Realdania Foundation Flemming Borreskov, Executive Director of the
Realdania Foundation Hans Peter Svendler, Managing Director of Realea A/S
Peter Cederfeld, Chief Planner of the Municipality of Copenhagen Holger
Bisgaard, City Architect of the Municipality of Copenhagen Jan
Christiansen, Managing Director of the Danish Architecture Centre Kent
Martinussen, Rector of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of
Architecture Sven Felding and the former Director of City Planning of
Malmö, Sweden Mats Olsson.
CEO Flemming Borreskov, Realdania Foundation, phone: +45 7011 6666
Program for prequalification and selection
In April Realdania will release two reports about the area. The first
report is an historic account of the area’s development prepared by the
Danish Council for the Building Heritage. The second report is an urban
space analysis and a catalogue of ideas prepared by Gehl Architects.
Both reports can be downloaded from the Realdania website: www.realdania.dk when they are ready.