A stone’s throw from Copenhagen city centre is one of the last remaining undeveloped tracts of land. Thousands of people cross it each day, from Dybbølsbro station to the Fisketorvet mall.
But by 2019 it might be transformed. A proposed redevelopment for the massive 74,000 square meter site will bring Copenhageners their very own Ikea warehouse. The Swedish furniture giant already has two warehouses on the outskirts of the city, but neither are particularly accessible for city centre residents.
The new warehouse will have car parking available, but will also offer residents the option of renting cargo bikes and trailers to transport their goods home.
The three-storey warehouse occupies the middle section of the plot, while to the north a large CABINN hotel has been proposed. To the south, two 77-meter-tall towers, designed by Bjarke Ingels, will be constructed that will house 500 students and young people.
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter is responsible for the warehouse and CABINN designs, as well as the overall plan for linking the sites together. They envision an urban garden with a green recreational space and a restaurant.
“While working together with the City Council on the plan, it has been important for us to create an Ikea warehouse that also creates space for green areas and recreation with respect for the urban character,” says Dennis Balslev, administrative director of Ikea Denmark.
The City Council will open a public hearing on the plan in May, which will run for eight weeks. In October they will vote on the plan, which so far has the approval of mayor Frank Jensen.
“It’s a fantastic plan,” he told Politiken newspaper. “It retains the spirit of Copenhagen and includes an exciting green area that all can enjoy. The new spectacular student homes and workplaces bring the area to life. I am excited to hear what Copenhageners think of the project.” M