Dahlerups Tower – Carlsberg Byen

Copenhagen/ Denmark

Size/ 39,800 m²
Competition/ 2016, winner of open tender
Status/ Completed 2022
Client/ Carlsberg Byen
Architects/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects/ Holscher Nordberg Architects
Contractor & Structural Engineering/ Züblin
MEP Engineering/ COWI
Landscape architect/ Werk
Visuals/ Uniform/ Cadwalk (Carlsberg Byen)
Photo/ Züblin

Dahlerups Tower and the surrounding Caroline Hus together make up a 39,800 m² mixed-use development situated close to the famous Elephant Gate in the northwest corner of the Carlsberg Byen district in Copenhagen. The development, which spans a full city block and includes an 80-metre tower, will comprise 17,000 m² of housing, 7,000 m² of offices, 2,000 m² of retail, cafés, and restaurants, and 14,000 m² of basement and parking space. The Carlsberg Brewery production plant closed in 2008, and this former industrial site renowned for its rich architectural legacy is re-emerging as a new sustainable city district — a dense city structure with attractive urban spaces, public transport, and new buildings that complement the existing historical structures.

There are many parametres coming into play at this unique site in Copenhagen. The new building is part of the special historical context of Carlsberg, with its close proximity to the Elephant gates, where it will form a link between the two main public squares, Ottilia Jacobsen Square and Bryggernes Square.

The location, with historic neighbours and a sloping terrain, creates an exciting and technical challenge. At the same time, the tower will rise above Carlsberg City and become part of Copenhagen's new skyline, thus becoming a reference point that both historically and physically will help tie the city together.

When completed in 2024, Carlsberg City will be a vivid and diverse neighbourhood for living, working, learning and socialising.

Modern and sustainable developments will mix with listed buildings. Shops and offices will integrate with housing, educational and daycare centres. In total, the development will offer over 3,000 new homes available at various price levels, whilst 10,000 students have already begun their first semester at the recently inaugurated UCC Campus Carlsberg.

The project embraces red and dark shades of brick, blending with Carlsberg Byen’s palette of building materials and colours.

The residential units of the structure will provide a remarkable view over Copenhagen and the new vibrant neighborhood of Carlsberg Byen.

Daily commutes to and from the district will be primarily human-powered thanks to a vast network of bicycle paths, and a new modern commuter railway station, which is expected to become one of the busiest in Copenhagen.

The building’s foundation is made up of 22,000 cubic metres of concrete and 3,600 tons of reinforcement.

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