Category Archives: Waterfront

Esplanaden, A Street With A Historic Pedigree

Every major European city probably has its own version of Esplanaden, although few thoroughfares have Esplanaden’s historic pedigree, with over 300 years of architectural styles represented on one of Copenhagen’s most iconic streets. A former military route to the Citadel, Esplanaden, stretching from Store Kongensgade to the waterfront at Nordre Toldbod, parades its excellent urban […]
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Adieu Adendum, Entrer Au Bistrot

The wine bar and bistro, Au Bistro, formerly Adendum, has been providing Copenhagen a little bit of Parisian ambience since opening its doors in 2010. It’s slightly withdrawn location coupled with views over the harbor, have made it a popular rendezvous, especially for colleagues and friends to sample the excellent wine list that has a […]
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A Copenhagen Icon: H. C. Ørstedsværket

It’s a race against time as the sun is sinking and H.C. Ørsted Power Station’s shadows are as black as the coal that once fueled its furnaces and photographing this Herculean building is not only challenging, but feels forbidden. For as long as I can remember, H.C. Ørsted Power Station has dominated South Harbor’s skyline. The deep red […]
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Copenhagen’s Secluded Gem: Wilders Plads

There are winter days in Copenhagen when bone-marrow chilling winds from Siberia relent and clouds evaporate. For a moment the city is bathed in February sunlight with a snippet of warmth. There are many places in Copenhagen where one can feel the teasing sensation of sunlight caressing a cheek, but there is no place like […]
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Copenhagen’s Frost Festival: Braving The Wave

The impressive light and acoustic installation, The Wave has arrived. Beached on Copenhagen’s most impressive pier, Ofelia Plads, surrounded by the city’s spectacular cultural icons such as The Royal Danish Playhouse. And on a bleak February late afternoon, with a bitterly cold wind ripping across this vast open space, this magical 80m long and 4m […]
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Copenhagen: Krøyers Plads Rejuvinated

For more than a decade, plans for developing one of Copenhagen’s most prestigious and historical waterfront locations, Krøyers Plads, were continually rejected by local community organizations and politicians, vigorously believing that the designs were failing to respect the identity of Christianshavn’s waterfront. The bruised egos of an international and domestic architectural community had to take […]
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Ship Ahoy: Kahyt & Kaffe

As tower cranes punctuate Copenhagen’s Sydhavnen, hinting at the intensive and welcome development in this area, there are still a few docks that are attracting attention for all the right reasons. One of them is Tømmergraven. Wedged between Havneholmen and Enghave Brygge, this earlier hidden dock has suddenly become a focal point. Today the Tømmergraven is home to […]
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Urban Rigger Afloat

A northerly wind rips through Copenhagen’s harbor whipping the water into a frenzy. A couple of hardened kayakers battle their way into the wind. I eventually find the Urban Rigger’s construction moored at Refshale Island (Refshalsøen) afloat and remarkably steady considering the blustery conditions. Urban Rigger is yet another creative initiative addressing the challenges of providing affordable […]
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Belvedere Bridge: Connecting The Wharfs

Last week the wings of an eagle landed on Copenhagen’s South Harbor, Sydhavnen, metaphorically speaking, spanning the Belvedere Canal. The opening of yet another pedestrian and cycle bridge, the Belvedere Bridge is another piece in the puzzle connecting Enghave and Frederik’s Wharf.  Although the breadth of the canal is a modest 25 meters, the bridge offers locals and […]
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COBE: OUR URBAN LIVING ROOM

Copenhagen’s transformation from an archaic industrial and harbor metropolis to an environmental and user-friendly city during the last 10 years has been well documented. The rejuvenation of the Danish capital’s waterfront, the pedestrian and biking infrastructure, the redevelopment of public spaces and attracting young families back into the city with contemporary residential projects, have become […]
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