An open international concept competition was held in 2008 for the development of Nordhavn. 180 competition proposals were submitted from around the world.

The competition's jury committee identified three proposals as joint winners. Those responsible for the three winning proposals were then given two months to upgrade their proposals based of the jury's assessment of their proposals. This process proceeded in close dialogue with CPH City & Port Development and the City of Copenhagen.

The consultancy agreement was signed in 2009

Winning project: Nordholmene – Urban Delta

The final winning project in the competition was "Nordholmene - Urban delta", which was created by COBE, SLETH and Rambøll.

The architect firm, Polyform, which was the lead author of one of the other winning entries, was also involved as a consultant in the ongoing process, based on the architectural qualities of the proposal.

Nordholmene - Urban Delta includes a structural plan for the development of the entire Nordhavn area, with approximately 3.5 million sq.m. of residential and commercial floor space, which corresponds to about 40,000 residents and 40,000 workplaces. The project's basic idea is to divide the area into a number of islets, separated by canals and basins. The islets function as independent local neighbourhoods. This concept supports long-term development in stages.

Several hundred people visited the exhibition of the winning entry in premises at Nordre Toldbod.

The jury wrote, among other things, about the winning project:

"The proposal Nordholmene - Urban Delta distinguishes itself by providing a visionary, convincing and detailed proposal for the implementation of the vision for the development of Nordhavn as the future sustainable urban neighbourhood, including environmental responsibility, social diversity and value creation. The area is utilised so that buildings and green spaces are combined in a very meaningful way, and Nordhavn's unusual and great potential is exploited in the best possible way.

The neighbourhood will be developed as a relatively compact district, with building heights that are adapted to the famous Copenhagen skyline and the preservation-worthy cultural environments in the harbour, the low neighbourhood with distinctive towers. The proposal is in a safe, creative and transparent basis for the continuing architectural design work that will make Nordhavn one of the most ambitious urban development projects in the 21 century."


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