Inspired by the movement of the water in Øresund, Punkthusene are three distinct, seven-storey office buildings in Copenhagen’s Tuborg Harbour – a former late 19th century ferry and traffic harbor that serviced the Tuborg Breweries. Their organic shapes and distinct undulating facades in shades of white and blue are uniquely without vertical structural elements.
Tuborg Habour is a former industrial traffic and ferry harbour with routes to and from Sweden as well as services to the Tuborg Brewery up until 1996. Today it is redeveloped as an urban area with residential, retail and commercial activities with these three characteristic buildings as visible landmarks.
The buildings have a clear architectural relation to one another and settle into the general framework of the district. Everywhere, there are open spaces between the buildings, affording everyone a glimpse of the Øresund water. The formal design of the parapet windows, combined with the continuous bands, lends the buildings a characteristic expression and ensures unimpeded views and excellent influx of daylight.
Each building is constructed around a central core. With only four pillars in the office spaces, they offer a high degree of flexibility in the interior layout and encourage small interventions between the floors. The corners of the buildings are bevelled, and the base and penthouse of each building are modelled to lend dynamism to the architecture.
Squeezing the penthouse floors in over the roofs and extending the bases out from under the buildings make for a powerful architectural expression, while facilitating the establishment of roof terraces on more levels.