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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Danish architecture in Kiruna, Sweden. The New City Hall in Kiruna by Henning Larsen Architects will open in 2016. “The Crystal” is inspired by the culture, the history and the character of the city. Kiruna’s existing city hall is a unique piece of architecture from 1958, which was designed by Artur von Schmalensee. The new city hall refers to the old one in several ways. The bell tower from the listed city hall will be re-used in the square, just as materials and building parts will be re-used to the extent possible.
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The Crystal in Copenhagen by Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won the Building of the year 2011 for Office buildings. Great news from ArchDaily :D
On of the nominated buildings for Building of the year 2011 with ArchDaily is here in Copenhagen. It’s The Crystal by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. A beautiful, green building with very low energy comsumption at 70 kWh per sqm, which means that the building consumes 25 per cent less energy than the requirements of the existing energy legislation. 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, with a U-value of only 0.7 Wh per sqm.
Do you think it will win the Office Building Category? I do ;)