Nykredit Head Office, Copenhagen, Denmark

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Date Built
Copenhagen's Inner Harbour
The Emporis website describes the Nykredit Headquarters building as, " ... one large cubic volume of glass, steel and granite (standing) as a gateway between water and city."  It is actually made up of two distinct office wings separated by a large atrium that features suspended meeting boxes, glazed lifts, traverse walkways and balcony floors.

The building's architect says that, "Several internationally recognised artists have contributed to the decoration of the building. Olav Christopher Jenssen created a 30 metres long mural, while a giant bronze sculpture by sculptor Per Kirkeby stands centre stage in the atrium. Kirkeby also designed the adjacent plaza, enlivened by 20 bronze sculptures."  They add that, "Despite the building’s vast glass façades, thermal load is reduced by using the water from the nearby harbour to cool the building. In addition, the double layer façade is designed with sections that can be opened for natural ventilation. The roof also features opening panels providing further natural ventilation."