Buildings, Environments and Plants
Nordhavnen bears clear evidence of its origins as a harbour with various small- and large-scale harbour environments. The fact that it was developed in stages and has been used for different purposes has given it a number of different character-defining features.
The inner parts of Nordhavnen has an urban character, with densely built structures of varying scale. The central and northwestern areas mainly have harbour-related functions and are now characterised by large, asphalt surfaces regularly occupied by cruise ship passengers, containers, imported cars, cargo, gravel, stone or scrap.
The buildings in Nordhavnen are a mix of large, freestanding volumes, small buildings and storage sheds, and small dense clusters of buildings. Silos, cranes and the hall originally built for the construction of bridge elements for the Øresund Link stand out as landmarks in the area.
The area around Fiskerihavnen is used for maritime activities by commercial fishermen, sailing clubs and a small shipyard. This area constitutes a unique environment of great cultural heritage value.
The area around Århusgade is characterised by a small cluster of small buildings that form a kind of ‘hinge’ to the Nordhavnen entrance area. It represents a specific urban environment and a specific cultural heritage because of its buildings and the visible narrative of the history of the place. The oldest buildings date from the early twentieth century. The area is a creative environment occupied by artists and a wide range of different commercial activities.
The special building structure in the Århusgade area shapes a characteristic urban fabric composed of narrow alleys and irregular open spaces.
The Free Port area within the Inner Nordhavn site was established to allow storage and trade in goods without having to go through customs clearance procedures. That is why there are fences and customs guard houses around the area.
Another characteristic feature of the area is the various transport installations in the form of train engine sheds, rails, cranes and special quay facilities for harbour activities. Warehouses and office buildings are mainly made of less robust materials, although several of the warehouses have characteristic brickwork end walls.
The existing network of roads is simple and down to earth. Roads are laid out in a rational grid of broad asphalted lanes that lead to the various functions and activities in Nordhavnen. Very few of these lanes have bicycle paths or pavements.