© Rasmus Hjortshøj / Coast studio


The design for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) is a linear display of the tenets of Danish Modernism: monumentality, simplicity and politeness. The Copenhagen harbour is experiencing a surge in development, transforming a previously under used natural asset into a new city-wide destination. The Bryghusgrunden site lies in the centre of this transformation. To capitalize on the site's potential we propose to use the building as an 'urban motor' to actively link the city and the waterfront. Providing a connection under the busy Christians Brygge, where entrances to the different program elements are strategically located, the site becomes both a destination and a connector at the hinge of the waterfront and the 'entrance' to the city.