Waterfront Cultural Center, a Copenhagen location entirely dedicated to water
Kengo Kuma & Associates studio, directed by Yuki Ikeguchi, recently won the design competition for a new waterfront cultural centre in Copenhagen. Located on ‘Paper Island’, which is already home to the contemporary art museum, the Waterfront Cultural Center aims to highlight the importance of water in the city’s history, culture and urban dynamics.
A centre dedicated to water
The landscapes and architecture of the city of Copenhagen have been largely influenced by the omnipresence of water, with its large canals and lakes, and its direct contact with the North Sea. Kengo Kuma & Associates architects studio wished to pay tribute to the strong connection that has always existed between the city and its aquatic surroundings by creating a cultural centre where the boundaries between land and water disappear.
The result is a true place of experience, where water is showcased in unexpected forms, stepping beyond the simple construction of an autonomous architectural object. Water is staged in various liquid and gaseous forms, with large basins inside and out to create surprising reflections and gigantic cascades.
A pyramid design
The construction of the Waterfront Cultural Center is part of a comprehensive city development plan that seeks to highlight Copenhagen’s history and heritage. With this in mind, Kengo Kuma wanted to use the pyramidal shape, which is reminiscent of the traditional Danish roof-top, at the same time as providing this unique place with a strong architectural identity.
Finally, brick was chosen as the primary construction material for the Waterfront Cultural Center, thanks to its warm and natural hues and because it embodies Danish culture and craftsmanship.