Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Henning Larsen Architects
Date Built
H.C. Andersens Boulevard
The entrance to the Danish Design Centre is on H. C. Andersens Boulevard in Copenhagen.  It describes itself as, " an independent, government-funded organization  ... (focusing on)  collecting, communicating and testing knowledge about the main factors that influence design and how design can continue to be a driver for innovation and growth in the future. ... (it works) in close cooperation with designers, partners, sponsors, businesses and audiences both nationally and internationally. The aim is to strengthen society’s capacity through design and – in a contemporary way – to carry on, enhance and renew the Danish design tradition. The DDC’s mantra is “design that makes sense”, and its key knowledge areas are new materials, new technology, and big data"

The visible face of the centre is the building on H. C. Andersens Boulevard but there is a second two-storey block located behind and connected by a covered courtyard atriumThe architect says that the, "... Height and rhythm of the front building facade follow the other buildings of the boulevard. As to design and materials, it is quite different. A number of open, flexible floors, which, combined with the facade columns, form a sharpcut grate, are flanked by service cores facing the neighbouring buildings. This structure is emphasized by the open facade of the building, and further, by the middle section, which is accentuated by the advanced glass screen.  ...  The public rooms are located on the two lower floors: reception desk, show rooms, shop, and café. On the second floor is a large conference room. This location makes it possible to use the balconies, the atrium, and the design gallery as seating areas and exhibition space. Offices are located on the top floors. The design of the facade allows for natural ventilation, whilst absorbing noise from the boulevard. At the same time, it offers a magnificent view of Tivoli through glass panels of full floor height, without the risk of heating up the building."

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