Urban and recreational areas


There will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in Nordhavn. Work is already well advanced in Inner Nordhavn to renovate the old harbour quarter's roads and squares. Read here about some of the most significant urban spaces, streets and alleyways in the evolving neighbourhood.

Inner Nordhavn will feature a number of special areas, each of which will be unique. They each have their own features and their own design. The special neighbourhoods will focus on urban life and joint activities, and it is mainly here that the residents, the employees of the area's businesses, and visitors will gather and participate in city life.

There is a continuous theme in the urban spaces, in that they are all based on the Århusgade quarter's distinctive identity: Robust materials and plants, raw details, simplicity and functionality. It will be a robust urban space that can withstand the climate by the sea and many years of use.

1. Silo Plads

Harbour and water culture: Silo Plads is the most distinctive urban space in Inner Nordhavn. With the two round silos in the centre of the area and direct contact with Nordbassinet, the space combines two of the most prominent qualities of Nordhavn: The stunning waterfront location and the harbour's unique cultural heritage.

Silo Plads is located at the promenade at Sandkaj. The space will become a recreation hub in the Inner Nordhavn. There will be cafés where people can sit and enjoy the view out over the harbour basin. The site is attractive all year round, has a very public nature and will attract visitors from all over the region.

The site is a robust and flexible space. It will be surfaces with 2 x 2 metre concrete slabs from façade to façade, so the surface will be uniform and gather the buildings around the square and the two round silos into a single concept.

The site is being arranged with recreational lakes, sculpted bicycle parking features and plants that create comfortable seating areas with shelter on the open square. The elements will have a scale that match the square's large scale, and also have fine details and good quality.

The square must be able to accommodate changing activities throughout the year, week and day, including outdoor dining, seating, exhibitions, events, etc. The square will therefore be designed so that the central portion is kept open and free of permanent features.

2. Århus Torv

Gathering point and point of view: Aarhus Torv is the focus point for Inner Nordhavn. Århusgade and the urban progression meet here in a lively hub. As a forecourt for the silo at the end of Århusgade, the square terminates the area's most prominent thoroughfare. From the western end of the square, the water can be seen on two sides, and the view extends all the way to Østerbrogade at the end of Århusgade to the west.

Retail trade in the Århusgade quarter will be gathered around Aarhus Torv, which will be an active market square. The silo on the square plays a prominent role by virtue of its size.

The square is given a simple layout and is kept open so that the buildings retain their own character, and it is easy to navigate. Nordhavn's two thoroughfares intersect at the centre of the square, creating a natural meeting place. Water, light, steam and mist penetrates up from the fractured surface, making it a changing element that attracts attention. You can walk over it, along it or sit by it and the effect of the light and water gives the square a special atmosphere in the evening.

3. Århusgade

The link between Nordhavn and Copenhagen: Århusgade combines Østerbro and Inner Nordhavn into a coherent thoroughfare that visually, physically and functionally links the two neighbourhoods together. Århusgade becomes Inner Nordhavn's main thoroughfare. As Inner Nordhavn's commercial hub, Århusgade will have a high concentration of shops and public functions. The continuous band of flexible zones separates the pedestrian zones and carriageways and includes parking spaces, bicycle parking, trees and areas for housing and the display of goods.

Århusgade supports all types of traffic, pedestrians, bicycles, cars, buses and semi-trailers, lorries and vans. Pedestrians have plenty of room in the pedestrian zones, especially in the wide northern pedestrian zone, which is open to the sun. There is a bus stop at the eastern end of the street and there will soon be a metro station near the intersection with Kalkbrænderhavnsgade. Århusgade therefore gathers the area's key traffic functions and becomes the neighbourhood's main connection for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

With shops and public functions on the ground floors and other functions on the other floors, Århusgade will accommodate a range of functions. Århusgade will therefore be a very versatile urban neighbourhood, a commercial street with a high level of activity during the day.

4. Stubkaj

A calm waterside area for leisure and sport: ’Lommevandrummet’ is located at the inner part of Kronløbsbassinet at Stubkaj. Lommevandrummet's special quality consists of its central, well-defined expanse of water that is surrounded by land on four sides. This creates a unique urban space that is not matched anywhere else in Copenhagen.

Stubkaj is designed as a single surface running all the way around the construction area and linking the super bicycle path to the west with the water to the east. The square has an unrefined character, inspired by the area's current appearance. The square is organized through a series of parallel steel bands, inspired by the existing ramp in the northern part of the square. Trees and grasses are planted between the bands, giving a green appearance and bicycle parking has been provided in combination with benches for sitting. The bands are east-west in the same direction as Fortkaj, creating a good visual link between the super bicycle path and the water.

Around the building, flexible areas have been established that can be arranged for leisure or for activities related to rowing, such as the preparation of boats, cleaning of kayaks etc. There is also room for outdoor seating and dining. Furniture for relaxation, trees, bicycle parking and a play area have been established to the north of the building near the future channel. Eventually, it is intended that rowing boat ramps, ramps and wooden steps will be established in order to provide good access to the water. On the opposite side, the square is adjacent to the super bicycle path and the future metro line. Trees will be planted here so that the green link along the bicycle path will be enhanced. The areas under the trees will be used for bicycle parking and access areas to the future building.

5. Jernvej

A green oasis in the compact city: The Århusgade quarter will be a green urban neighbourhood. There is therefore a need for green urban spaces that stimulate the eye and provide room for relaxation and activities in green surroundings. Storbyhaven at Jernvej is one of these. It is located in a well-defined urban space created by the displacement of the construction sites and will become a green pocket with shelter, sun and a calm atmosphere.

Storbyhaven is a little hidden, compared with Århusgade, Sandkaj and Silo Plads, and has a calm character. The buildings around the green area will primarily accommodate housing and office businesses that will help to create a calm atmosphere of the area. It is therefore an ideal location for facilities that cater to everyday needs such as relaxation, play, informal sports, etc..

Storbyhaven at Jernvej will be a lush garden with plants that can attract birds and insects. Bird-friendly trees and shrubs with berries and flowers will therefore be planted here.

The trees will also create an intimate space with shelter on a small scale, which will contrast with the open spaces and promenades. Grasses will be sown at the bottom to create a green surface at different heights. Areas where there will be both vehicles and pedestrians will be provided with mulch-filled grass reinforcement, so that these areas will also have a green appearance.

6. Redmolen canal

Promenade along the canal: The Redmolen canal is the link between Nordbassinet and Kronløbsbassinet and offers places to relax in the sun most of the day. It is possible to get close to the water here and enjoy life by the canal, away from the traffic on the promenade. This area can be used to get away from the activities on the large squares and get close to rowing boats and canal boats that sail along the canal.

On both sides of the Redmolekanalen, it is possible to get close to the water's edge on the low plateaus along the edge of the quay. It is 75 cm down to the surface of the water here at normal mean sea level. There is access to the low plateaus via ramps to the south, ramps to the north and steps in centre.