Krøyers Plads – Denmark’s first eco-labelled residential buildings – wins the prestigious Green Good Design Award 2017, awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The award is an international recognition of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE for having ‘forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe’.
Krøyers Plads is a five-story housing project with a significant location in the center of the Copenhagen harbor area. The project was based on a hyper-democratic and contextual approach where folded roofs and architectural heaviness create a dialogue between old and new and a modern, empathetic interpretation of the architectural uniqueness of the old Copenhagen warehouses.
The approach was to translate all significant characteristics of the old warehouses, such as the harbor facing gables, the heavy expression, building height, and materiality, into modern design parameters that meet both functional and climatic demands.
Besides the emphasis on site context and public involvement, the focus has also been on developing the modern warehouses after a series of sustainability principles, which means that the buildings meet the need for environmental, social, economic, and resource-focused aspects of construction.
Krøyers Plads is a significant location in the center of the Copenhagen harbor area, opposite the Royal Playhouse and the historical Nyhavn and next to Noma and the Copenhagen Opera House. Krøyers Plads is the only public square in the area beside Christianshavn’s Square, and so the ground floor of the three buildings houses restaurants, shops, and a supermarket in order to ensure a lively urban life in the area.