CITY – A new skyscraper, a nightlife mayor, and Tivoli’s latest addition

The monthly City Column focusses on the latest news and developments in Copenhagen

New Maersk Tower opens
A new building looms over Nørrebro – the 75-metre Maersk Tower, belonging to the University of Copenhagen. In January the copper-clad skyscraper was finally opened to the university’s researchers, who can now make use of its ultramodern laboratory facilities.

“The opening of Maersk Tower marks a milestone for health science research at the University of Copenhagen,” said Dean Ulla Wewer from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

“The new tower gives our researchers the opportunity to create new knowledge using highly specialised laboratory facilities, and our students can enjoy ultramodern auditoriums and recreation areas. Maersk Tower creates the best conditions for research and education at the highest international standard, and will play a key role in health in Denmark in future.”

Designed by C.F Møller, the building is an addition to Copenhagen Science City, which is a partnership between the university, public authorities and the private sector. Together it comprises one of Europe’s highest concentrations of education and research in the fields of medicine, health and natural sciences.

The architects wanted to foster a culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue. On each floor there is a social space called a ‘researcher square’, which is hoped to encourage the tower’s residents to socialise and exchange ideas.

“Maersk Tower’s open connections between floors break with traditional laboratory layouts – typically limited to horizontal plan solutions – making it ready to cater for the way research is organised in the future,” says Mads Mandrup Hansen, partner and architect at C.F. Møller.

“The primary focus has been to create a boundary-less, flexible and stimulating research community, spanning institutions, departments and external cooperation partners. At the same time, the exterior architectural design seeks to create a sustainable landmark which interacts with the city and university in a new and open way.”

Nightlife mayor
At night, Copenhagen city centre can feel like a warzone. A high concentration of bars and clubs draws revelers from across the capital region, resulting in noise, fights and altercations with the police.

Residents are tired of being kept up at night and waking up to find their front doors covered in urine, and have long complained to the city authorities that action needs to be taken to rein in the city’s nightlife.

Copenhagen’s mayor for culture and leisure, Carl Christian Ebbesen, has responded by freezing the number of alcohol licences in certain areas of the city. According to Politiken, he has also asked police to step up their patrols, and increased the number of environmental monitors who can give warnings to bars and clubs that play music while their doors are open.

Now the Social Liberal Party (Radikale) has proposed that the city create a nightlife mayor to specifically address these issues.

“When problems arise in our nightlife, the issues are shuffled between different authorities without anyone addressing them – it is very frustrating,” Radikale city council member Michael Gatten told DR.

“The nightlife mayor will be the spokesperson for all the creative communities in the city that are responsible for making the city buzz,” he said, adding that similar initiatives appear to have improved the relationship between establishments and residents in cities such as London and Amsterdam.

Tivoli to introduce new Orangery this Summer
When Tivoli opens for its summer season in April, it will showcase a brand new building called the Orangery. Located between the Chinese Tower and the Nimb Terrace, it will include a new stage for small performances, Tivoli’s own florist, a botanical garden with delicate plants and trees and a multi-function room available for events and as a TV studio.

Tivoli’s new Orangery. Photo: Tivoli /
Jesper Andersen

It’s also a greenhouse, with simple exotic plants growing in a climate that mimics the Mediterranean. Outside, guests can hang out in green areas, or sit and listen to performances on the stage.

Jesper Andersen, the architect of the Orangery said he was inspired both by Organgeries around the world, but also the Palm House in Copenhagen’s Botanic Gardens.

“The Orangery in Tivoli will be a special treat for all the senses. It’s going to exude tradition and innovation, which we know our customers care about .”

The current TV studio, which was built in front of the Concert Hall in 2006, will be demolished and replaced with a new one as part of the new project. The new Orangery will cost Tivoli a total of 20 million kroner, and cover 370 square meters over two floors. M

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By Peter Stanners

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