Size/ 6,600 m²
On comission/ 2006
Status/ Construction period 2008 – 2010
Landscape architect/ SLA
Engineer/ Grontmij/ Buro Happold
Awards/ 2011 ArchDaily Building of the Year Award, Office category/ 2012, Arne of the Year Award, shortlisted in the Big Arne category/ 2011, European Steel Design Award/ 2011, LEAF Award, Best Structural Design of the Year/ 2011, World Architecture Festival, shortlisted in the Office category/ 2012, RIBA Award, shortlisted in the EU category/ 2013, IABSE Denmark’s Structure Award
The Crystal is an extension to the existing Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed Nykredit premises that sits opposite the site. It reads as a transparent, geometrical, glazed form which, resting only on a single point, floats as a visually light, crystalline structure above the plaza. The building’s multi-faceted glass façade reflects daylight and surroundings. The double-glazing features an integrated sunscreen allowing the building to adapt to changing light conditions. The outer glazing system includes a subtle silk print design that mitigates solar ingress and enlivens the ambience of the harbour area.