The Scandinavians are admired the world over for their foresight and ability to plan decades ahead, irrespective of changes in political governance. They are also pretty good at providing infrastructure to make things happen – a lesson we have to learn in the UK. The creation of the new district of Ørestad, 5km south east of the centre of Copenhagen is one such example.
We are part of the winning team to design a new £120 million 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. The team is led by Danish architects 3XN, who have over the last two years become great friends and ‘sponsors’ locally.
The competition ran for a grueling 18-months, and attracted entries from across the globe, with the final short list made up of the 3XN and Planit-IE team, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw with CF Moller. Our proposal according to the judges was by far the most ‘Scandinavian’ which translates to ‘democratic’ and ‘humble’ – conceived of the place and the community, not driven by the uses within.
Over the last year we have worked with 3XN and Arup to develop the designs to create a world-class arena set in a vibrant and attractive environment at the heart of the emerging Ørestad community. We are thrilled to be part of this winning team and we are striving to not only create a stunning arena but to set it within a diverse and inspiring public park which will operate from day one and grow and mature for years to come.