The Carlsberg headquarters is located in Valby Bakke in central Copenhagen, a historic area where the brewery first began making beer in 1847.
The four-storey building was designed by Danish studio CF Møller Architects and consists of three wings that house a large atrium, offices, meeting rooms and temporary work stations.
“As a building sculpture, it needs to own the same self-confidence and love of iconic architectural attitude and aspiration of architectural quality as the existing listed buildings of the Carlsberg legacy in the area,” CF Møller Architects partner Lone Wiggers told Dezeen.
The headquarters is comprised of large angled and multi-faceted volumes to create a design that Wiggers described as a “deep three-dimensional ribbed net structure”.
Its form and facades were tailored to sensitively fit the headquarters’ historic surroundings.
The offices taper in height near built areas, while the footprint of the building is recessed around Carlsberg founder Carl Jacobsen’s villa and gardens, which are also on the grounds.
“The building is equal on all sides without any back or front side, but is in its angled and tilted facade relating to all contextual surroundings in relation to scale of neighbouring buildings and to views and connectivity under and along the building facades,” Wiggers explained.
“The design needs to balance the need for an iconic HQ-expression fitting for a world-class brand like Carlsberg with a delicate and topographically, demanding site.”
Large glass sections and recycled copper slats clad the building, materials which were chosen to reference old copper brewing equipment and the copper roof details on surrounding historic buildings in the Carlsberg City District.
“We needed as few singular materials for the facades as possible that could unify the very expressive formal volumes of the building,” said Wiggers.
“We chose a deep three-dimensional ribbed net structure, clad in recycled copper that could work as part of the solar screening of an otherwise open transparent glass facade.”
The building was designed as a gate to the Carlsberg City District, and bridges over one of three new roads into the district to mark the entrance to the area.
The underside of the bridge is lined with gold perforated metal sheets that have been decorated with a carbonated bubble design to reference both beer and the freshwater site the grounds sit on.
A Nordic material palette was applied to the interior, with white concrete floors used for the central atrium and the communal spaces and extending out into the gardens.
Brass details were combined with herringbone bamboo floors and large glass walls employed to maximise light potential.
“The interior spaces are trying to balance the complex culture of Carlsberg that plays out between a kind of down-to-earth folklorism and an elegant internationalism belonging to a successful international export brand,” Wiggers said.
A three-legged plan is organised around the large central atrium which connects all floors, with social and communal areas on each floor adjoining the space.
“Each floor of the building is centred with social spaces around the main atrium, which acts as the three-dimensional ‘heart space’ of the building, where all departments are being brought in touch with each other vertically and horizontally,” Wiggers said.
Large amphitheatre-style steps fitted with cushions look out to the gardens, inviting visitors and employees to socialise and use the space for informal working.
The building’s materials were chosen with durability and sustainability in mind. Surfaces have been mainly left untreated, raw and without chemical intervention, while wood cladding is micro-perforated to provide acoustic absorption.
Solar panels were placed on the roof, which also doubles as a green roof in areas. The facade is fitted with low-energy ventilation systems that filter and exchange air to optimise the indoor climate.
Photography is by Adam Mørk.
Architect: CF Møller Architects Architects
Landscape: CF Møller Architects Landscape
Collaborators: Aarsleff, Niras
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