NORDIC COASTAL cities and urban growth


Copenhagen is a laboratory for new architecture and a pioneer of comfortable urban spaces. The coastal cities of Copenhagen and Malmö are interesting examples of urban growth.

Living by the sea

New types of laid-back urban areas, with a focus on high-quality free time, are emerging in former industrial areas in Copenhagen. Sluseholmen has a new district with bridges and channels resembling those in the Netherlands. Most of the buildings are narrow, and the apartments have multiple floors.

The former Nordhavn harbour is the most significant regional development project currently in progress in Copenhagen. It is being converted into a maritime district with ambitious residential architecture.

The sea views from the apartments, the carefully thought-out recreational facilities, bicycle routes and swimming areas are reflective of the Copenhagen way of life. Examples of impressive residential architecture include 8tallet, VM Mountain and Tietgenkollegiet, among many other sites.

High-quality public spaces, walking and cycling

Copenhagen leads the way in designing comfortable public spaces. The ideas of the Danish architect Jan Gehl about city spaces designed for pedestrians and cyclists have attracted global attention. Copenhagen also leads the way in investing in cycling. Impressive projects that promote cycling in the city include the meandering Cykelslangen bridge.

Danish landscape architects have been taking environmental aspects and climate change into consideration for a long time. This is evident in Danish drainage water solutions, for example.

Innovative schools and day-care centres

In Denmark, it is considered important that school buildings are aesthetic, inspiring and comfortable. Ensuring freedom of choice for learners of different ages is an important part of the learning process.

In recent years, Copenhagen has also invested in day-care centres that are innovative in terms of architecture and operating principles. Many day-care centres are large, but their village-like structures create the atmosphere of a smaller place. They represent high-quality architecture and interior design.


The growing, renewing city of Malmö

Malmö is located by the sea, just 30 kilometres from Copenhagen. The Øresund Bridge ensures a quick trip between the two cities. CityLine, a faster rail connection between the city centre and the Øresund Bridge, is the latest investment in infrastructure in Malmö.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden. It is an old industrial town living a new era symbolised by the Turning Torso high rise designed by Santiago Calatrava. The bo01 housing exhibition was held in the area surrounding the building in the early 2000s, with homes designed by Sweden’s best-known architects. Turning Torso is located in the former harbour area of Västra Hamnen. The area was converted into a dense, ecological residential area with various forms of housing.

Examples of new high-quality construction include the Malmö Live concert hall and congress centre and the colourful Emporia shopping centre, as well as the Malmö market hall, which is a combination of old and new aspects.

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