The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Creating new connections between the city and the waterfront

Amerika Plads, Copenhagen, DK

Amerika Plads is the urban tissue that finally reconnects the city with its once-lost coastal edge.

West 8 was asked to transform the area of Nord Bassinet and Söndre Frihavn into a residential and office neighbourhood, integrating vital port activities such as the ferry and nearby marina into the design of a Master Plan.  These attractive functions established a pure identity of the sites and protected the area from sterility and suburban “silence.” It also created a ‘critical mass’ for the harbour area to help become an integrated part of the city.

In the 19th century, Copenhagen lost contact with the sea because of the extensive harbour industry and the construction of railway tracks in the city. The abandoning of the harbour areas and its recent redevelopments offered both a tremendous opportunity for urban development and for reconnecting the city of Copenhagen with its waterfront.

See also: Dragonlight Copenhagen

City of Copenhagen

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