21CD twenty-first century development

Nordhavn

Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nordhavn will occupy a former industrial site port and be comprised of 50% dwellings and 50% commercial space. It is designed as an inspiration for sustainable cities of the future.

Size:

495 acres, 40,000 residents

Dates:

2008-2058

Project Team:

CPH City and Port Development, City of Copenhagen Architects: COBE, Polyform, Sleth Modernism

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Investment
Beauty
Inspiration

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Markets, connection to greater community.

Habitat

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Pocket parks, wetland habitat created throughout the island development. Attractive public park space.

Transportation

Goals: Five-minute city

Strategies: Traffic areas for cars. Multi-story parking ramps and little to no on-street parking. Electric vehicle infrastructure. Bicycle infrastructure. Pedestrian paths connect to all parts of the plan. Metro station connects to greater Copenhagen Canals for boat traffic.

Water

Water

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Not reported.

Energy

Energy

Goals: DGNB CO2 Gold Certification.

Strategies: Smart grid that will lay the groundwork for the next 40 years of development. Wind turbines, geothermal energy, heat storage, district cooling, wind turbines.

Health + Happiness

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: Carbon-neutral development

Strategies: Build with minimal use of energy. Allow for transformation over time of the building fabric.

Waste

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Waste organization system connected to the greater city.

Equity

Neighborhood & Access

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Public access to streets and water front. Human-scale design. Swimming areas, beaches, parks, promenades, piers, squares, markets, flexible zones.

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Sources: Nordhavnen Overview

*Note: This case study was developed using found information.