The Crystal (Krystallen) is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic office buildings. Named “Building of The Year 2011” by Archdaily with architecture by Schmidt Hammer Lassen.
I was inside the amazing Nykredit building yesterday and had a chance to visit from top to toe. Great view to the city and habour of Copenhagen - e.g. from the cantina where employees can enjoy lunch while enjoying the view. Acoustics are remarkably good everywhere despite the open layer with two atria. The disposition of the plan allows the accommodation of open plan, separate offices or meeting rooms - all with great flexibility thanks to intelligent interior design and technical features.
It’s one of the most sustainable buildings in Copenhagen - with an exceptionally low energy-consumption at 70 kWh per square metro The roof is covered with highly efficient photovoltaic panels generating 80,000 kWh per year. In addition, the triple-layered inner glass façade provides extremely effective thermal insulation.
Rainwater run-off is collected to be used as grey water for toilet facilities throughout the building, while sea water provides additional cooling for the building. Inside you find Danish designed furniture, lamps etc - and details with triangles as the major theme - inside out.
Outside it’s more or less “freestanding” resting on a single point and a single line. It floats as a visually light, crystalline structure above the plaza.
I can only recommend a visit here. I’ll be back during the summer, that’s for sure!
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07.06.2013: New Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark. Consortium with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Aarhus Arkitekterne appointed 1st prize winner. #allgoodthings #danish spotted by missdesignsays.
Urban Mediaspace Aarhus, Multimediehuset (The Multi Media House) in Aarhus harbor, Denmark. By Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects for Aarhus Kommune supported by Realdania and Realdania Byg. To be inaugurated by the end of 2014. #allgoodthings #danish architecture spotted by missdesignsays.
As part of a Danish design team, schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the correctional facility Ny Anstalt in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. The winning design for the 8,000 square metre facility was submitted by a team including Rambøll as full service contractor, architects Friis & Moltke and landscape architects Møller & Grønborg. Ny Anstalt is the first such facility in Greenland. #allgoodthings #danish spotted by missdesignsays.
16.05.2013: The new storage unit BLACKBOX storage 2.0 is the result of an on-going evolution of the original BLACKBOX storage (2007), designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design. #allgoodthings #danish spotted by missdesignsays.
Official inauguration of the Cathedral of the Northern Lights in Alta, Norway. In the project team Architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Denmark) have participated actively in the early stages of the project by invitation from Link Arkitektur, Norway. #allgoodthings #danish spotted by missdesignsays. Image: Adam Mørk.
The privately owned island Fænø, close to Middelfart, Denmark, is home of Fænøgård. A modern mansion by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Fænøgård which used to be the island’s farm has now been completely rebuilt in an architecturally modern style. It caters for private parties and has residential facilities. The island is separated from Funen by the 500 meter wide Fænø Sund and can be reached by private ferry. #allgoodthings #danish
The Crystal by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Named the Best Structural Design of the Year at last year’s LEAF Awards. It’s now office building for Nykredit (the ones with the hanging offices in the building across the street). Good for architecture hunting in Copenhagen!