Fisketorvet – Copenhagen Mall

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Fisketorvet – Copenhagen Mall

Major Urban Project in Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark – design by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

5 Jul 2017

Fisketorvet Transformation

Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Fisketorvet – Copenhagen Mall

Fisketorvet Copenhagen Mall

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is to lead the transformative design of Fisketorvet – Copenhagen Mall – one of Scandinavia’s largest retail destinations

The vision for Fisketorvet‘s transformation has been created by a team led by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects together with landscape architect SLA. The team was appointed after winning the concept competition organized by European commercial property leader Unibail-Rodamco, owner of Fisketorvet.

“Right from the start of the competition we have focused on opening up the building and breaking down the scale. Fisketorvet is a large structure in an urban context, and we have seen it as our task to create a good link between the slightly introverted building and the living city that over time has embraced it. We do this by adapting the existing volume and by adding new programmed urban spaces that address the diverse context in the area. It’s about creating new accommodations for the many pedestrians and cyclists who are now moving in this part of Copenhagen,” says Senior Partner Kristian Ahlmark.

The new facade design is taking its starting point from the materiality of the old mall and is re-vitalizing the brick facades that sweeps the entire building mass and unifies the structure. With new performative spaces and bold facade character, the new building will become a driving element in the revitalization of the entire area. “Our proposal suggests creating the entire site as a continuous landscape. Like a park, that connects the waterfront with the city and the nearby context, in a fluid like urban interaction”.

Fisketorvet was built in 2000 at a then seemingly remote location. Although it sits on a prominent waterfront location, the centre was designed as a traditional mall. There was little city life around it, visitors would arrive by car and directly enter the building.

Since then, the city has expanded and developed around the mall. A new residential area has come to life at the adjacent Havneholmen. The two bicycle bridges Bryggebroen and the iconic Bicycle Snake have connected Kalvebod Brygge with Islands Brygge across the harbour and made Fisketorvet Copenhagen Mall the natural connection point between the historical meat packing district at Vesterbro and planned IKEA, and the city’s expansion towards the East.

Fisketorvet – Copenhagen Mall – Design Information

Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Landscape architect: SLA
Client: Unibail-Rodamco
Area: Future development: 15,000 sqm retail, restaurants and leisure and 32,000 sqm other commercial use
Competition: 2016, invited competition
Engineer: Midtconsult
Status: 2017, Public hearing for new local zoning

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