Un City


In early 2013, the United Nations moved into the first stage of its new headquarters - built especially for the UN's six organizations in Denmark. The building has a total of 45,000 m2 of floor space and will have a high environmental profile. FN Byen is also the starting point for the urban development of Marmormolen.

The UN City is 45,000 m2 and is located on Marmormolen in Copenhagen. CPH City & Port Development is the developer of the UN City, which is owned by a consortium consisting of CPH City & Port Development, ATP and PensionDanmark. The building has a high environmental profile, a so-called energy class 1-construction, which means that the building will use consume than 50 kWh per square meter per annum.

The UN City was designed by the Danish architects 3XN and will form part of the future urban development of Marmormolen, where there will also be commercial and residential buildings, a park and two distinctive towers connected by a pedestrian and cycle bridge at a height of 65 metres. 

Taking the form of an eight-pointed star, the building is a clear landmark when sailing into the Port of Copenhagen. Its striking white lines brighten the rustic harbour surroundings with extensive wooden terraces and rust-red sheet pile walls.
The star shape symbolizes the UN’s values and authority. At its heart is an atrium with a single central staircase that reflects a unified, open organization working professionally to a common set of values – ‘Delivering as one’.

There are major plans for the area, where the establishment of the UN City is only the first step in the development of the area. The six UN organizations already domiciled in Denmark will be gathered in the new UN City. The UN organizations are looking forward to gathering their Danish activities in a single building. The new framework will enhance the UN organizations' cohesiveness and the UN's profile in Denmark. Ultimately it will help to maintain Copenhagen as one of the key UN cities. 

The requirement for a high level of security means that the UN City will be located on its own island, which will be closed to the public. However, Copenhagen's citizens will have access to the rest of the area, not least the tip of Marmormolen pier, which will become a recreational area with green spaces and direct access to the water.

UN City is sustainable in every way and was awarded LEED Platinium status in late December 2013. 

The local development plan for the area was adopted in December 2009 and, in addition to the UN City's 45,000 m2, a further 23,000 m2 of commercial floor space will be constructed. The local development plan also includes 28,000 m2 of housing, a hotel of 25,000 m2, an expansion of the UN City by 17,000 m2 and two commercial towers (LM Project) totalling 58,000 m2 of floor space.  In connection with the construction of UN City, the large UNICEF warehouse, which was previously located on Marmormolen, was moved to Nordhavn to make room for urban development.

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Facts about the un city

  • 45,000 m2 of office space
  • 5,000 m2 of technical and storage space in the basement
  • Auditorium with seating for 450 guests
  • Rainwater is used for the toilets
  • Seawater is used to cool the building
  • All lights are technically controlled
  • The building will be taken into service around the beginning of 2013
  • The building is constructed as an Energy Class 1 building. Energy Class 1 is a term for a climate-friendly building that uses less than 50 kWh per square metre per year for heating
  • Solar system on the roof
  • The structure is built on an island, which is constructed for the purpose
  • Designed by the architects 3XN
  • An EU tendering process was conducted between 6 prequalified contractors in the period 15 March 2010 - 17 May 2010. E. Pihl & Søn AS won the turnkey contract
  • FN Byen is designed and constructed so that it can be LEED certified 

UN organizations in denmark

At present, the United Nations has the following organizations domiciled in Denmark:

  • UNOPS - servicing and coordinating on behalf of all UN sub-organizations
  • UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • WHO - World Health Organization
  • UNICEF - United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund 
  • WFP - World Food Programme
  • UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund