The history of Sluseholmen, as we know it today, starts in the summer of 1999, when the Municipality of Copenhagen began a collaboration with the Port of Copenhagen A/S, the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and Freja Ejendomme to formulate guidelines for future construction in the Port of Copenhagen. In this connection, a focus plan was drawn up for the entire port. One of the focal points was Sydhavnen, including Sluseholmen, which was to be transformed from an industrial area into a mixed commercial and residential area.
Around the turn of the millennium, when the plans to build homes on Sluseholmen were presented, the market for residential construction had stagnated, and people were primarily building commercial buildings, but the municipality wanted to get housing construction going and therefore pushed. The then Port of Copenhagen (now City & Havn) together with the Municipality of Copenhagen set up a development company which was to develop the area. Subsequently, investors came along, and the construction that we can look forward to today began.
Sluseholmen is built on eight artificial islands and forms a pattern of connected bays. The barrel structure draws a historical connection to the old center of Copenhagen, as the same structure can be found in the buildings in Frederiksstaden by Amalienborg and in Christianshavn, which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries – also based on Dutch inspiration.
The architect and the design studios
It is the Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters and the Danish design studio Arkitema that, in collaboration with the Municipality of Copenhagen and the Port of Copenhagen, have drawn up the overall master plan for Sluseholmen. The architectural “rules” in the comprehensive plan constitute a unifying principle for Sluseholmen, but at the same time ensure a varied neighborhood where the buildings each have their own individual characteristics. In order to create diversity in the canal city, 25 different design studios were appointed to design the houses.
A rule of thumb was that at least five design studios should be involved in each tub. The homes are on 5-7 floors, and the shape and size of the houses depends on whether they face the harbour, the canals or the promenades. Facing the smaller canals, the houses are only four stories high. The canals and quays wind through the area and make Sluseholmen a different and varied neighborhood in Copenhagen.
At the tip towards the north, Sluseholmen is extended with an extra small peninsula out into the harbour. The futuristic high-rise Metropolis is located on the peninsula. Metropolis was designed by the London-based design studio Future Systems in collaboration with the Danish design studio Kasper Danielsen Arkitekter.
It is Danica The property, which is behind the construction of a number of properties on Sluseholmen Syd, which forms an independent landowner association.
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