Nordlyset, Landscape. C.F. Møller. Photo: Mark Sykes

Nordlyset, Landscape

Nordlyset (Northern Lights) is a sculptural residential block with an expressive facade, located in the new urban quarter around Amerika Plads in Copenhagen. The development takes the form of a white-plastered block surrounding an interior outdoor courtyard.
 Nordlyset, Landscape. C.F. Møller. Photo: Torben Eskerod
Facts

Client

JM Danmark A/S

Address

Amerika Plads, København, Denmark

Size

102 living units (8000 m²)

Year

2004-2006

Construction

E. Pihl & Søn

Engineering

Rambøll

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Artist

Ruth Campau

Awards
Awards
  • Copenhagen Municicelity Building Award. 2007
  • Named Building of the year by the trade periodical Byggeri. 2006

The courtyard is intended to hold an organically-shaped, well-planted recreational garden for all residents. The privacy needs of the ground-floor residents is accommodated, while the courtyard is generally useful and atmospheric. The courtyard forms a roof over the underground car park, so large-scale landscaping is not an option. Instead, green lawns, twining plants and low, pruned cherry trees will be established in winding beds.

The garden's lushness is important in order to form a peaceful, surprising, fertile "organic" space as a contrast to the surrounding disciplined, "hard" and very urban city. It has been partly inspired by the very green courtyards in Berlin's central block districts. As all of the flats have balconies facing onto the courtyard areas, the garden will to some extent be seen from above. Accordingly, it has been designed to be a "viewing garden", with inspiration from Baroque and Renaissance gardens, and in which the passage of the seasons can be followed in the varying structure and colours of the vegetation.

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