The 5 most stunning examples of new Danish architecture in Copenhagen

1) Tietgen Student Hall

Envisioned as the student ‘dormitory of the future’, this cylindrical, seven-storey student housing complex was designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects. Completed in 2006, Tietgen Student Hall has become a case study in effective residential design and is home to around 400 students at any given time. The Student Hall can usually be admired from the outside only.

exterior of Tietgen Student Hall

Rued Langgaards Vej 10


At, literally, the southernmost tip of Copenhagen’s Ørestad district is the ambitious ‘bow tie shaped’ 8TALLET (8House), a mixed use development designed by Danish architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).


Richard Mortensens Vej

3) The Royal Danish Opera House

Located just across the water from the royal residence of the Queen of Denmark, the Royal Opera House has become the city’s most recognisable architectural icon. Designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen and built in 2004/2005, the new 1400-seat Opera House features light sculptures by Icelandic sculptor Olafur Eliasson.

Royal Danish Opera House

4) Copenhill (aka Amager Bakke)

Built on the top of a new waste management facility, Copenhill – Copenhagen’s first urban ski slope – opens to the public in late 2018 and will be the new epicentre of mountain sports in Denmark. Along with skiing, Copenhill offers mountain climbing, hiking, dining opportunities, and the best view in the capital.

Copenhill building

5) Mountain Dwellings

Another urban triumph from the team at Denmark’s BIG Architects, the Mountain Dwellings development in Ørestad is 2/3 parking block and 1/3 housing block. The housing units were built atop the sloping concrete parking structure, thus allowing for an artificial mountainside below and cascading, terraced apartments high above street level.

 Mountain Dwellings building in Copenhagen

Ørestads Boulevard 55


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