THE ÅRHUSGADE QUARTER – THE FIRST NEW QUARTER IN NORDHAVNEN
The heavy industry dominated the harbour previously – now the sustainable city of tomorrow will be built here, dwellings and offices side by side with appealing squares and harbour promenades. The urban spaces in Nordhavnen will resemble the "bro"-quarters (Østerbro, Nørrebro, Vesterbro) of central Copenhagen with dense, low buildings with a few taller, towering buildings. As in the rest of Copenhagen, there will be shopping streets and a blend of broad and narrow streets. But in the middle of the new city, the old, renovated building and cranes will remind you that the district smelled like lubricating oil and sailors´ sweat for more than hundred years!
From the very beginning the new quarter in Nordhavnen will stretch out towards old Østerbro. Århusgade has been divided for ages by Frihavnsgitteret, which separates Østerbro from the water. Now this fence will be torn down, and the part of Århusgade situated in Nordhavnen will be reconnected with Østerbro.
The new quarter will mix offices and dwellings. Thus, there will always be life and customers in the shops during the daytime and in the cafés at nighttime – a dense, vibrant city life!
The skyline of today´s Copenhagen is dominated by towers and a few tall buildings rising from the relatively low city. That will also be the picture in Nordhavnen: Old silos will stick out, accompanied by a few other, architecturally significant tall buildings. On the street people used to Østerbro will feel at home: the buildings will be between three and six storeys tall, and the blocks will be regular, running from one corner to the next, just as it is in the old "bro"-quarters.
Selected warehouses, silos and the existing office buildings will be renovated and preserved in Nordhavnen. They will colour the new district so that the original maritime background of Nordhavnen will stand out here and there among the many modern buildings.