Sluseholmen: lively and imaginative housing blocks for the canal community.

Amsterdam, Venice, Christianshavn – it is not hard to see where the Sluseholmen development finds its inspiration. Water is the essential element in the canal community now taking shape in the district’s old industrial and harbour areas of Copenaghen (Denmark) and Sluseholmen consists of eight housing islands, with large and small town houses standing side by side, forming continuous blocks.

On this peninsula of the South Harbour area the atmosphere varies between an intimate canalside environment and spaces characterised by a large scale and open views of the surrounding harbour environment. The houses are frequently located right next to the canals, while the bridges allow residents to get close to the water and dip their toes in it. Together with the Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters, Arkitema has been responsible for the general planning of the area.

Arkitema also developed the shell structures and drew up the rules that govern the proportions, materials and colors. These game rules provided a starting-point for the many architects who were invited to design facades. The individual houses are highly different in appearance and the result is lively and imaginative block housing that is unique in Danish housing construction.

There are also green oases in the centre of the large courtyard areas – neighbourhood quadrangles where residents can organise common areas for relax and play. Here there is room for a rose garden, a swimming pool or a small private vegetable garden. I think this is a perfect solution to ensure well-being and high quality of life for the inhabitants!





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