Winning Copenhagen Water Culture House proposal creates ethereal connection between land and sea

In this architectural proposal, pyramid-like buildings stand tall next to one another, with ample green shrubbery dotted beside.The buildings’ facades are made from warm grey brick which casts glittering patterns of light inside the space. 

Water Culture House: Luxigon

As part of COBE’s Paper Island competition in Copenhagen, architectural organisations across the world were invited to design a proposal for the Papirøen Waterfront Culture Center, which is envisaged to be completed by 2021.

Water Culture House: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

The winners of the competition were Japanese architectural company, Kengo Kuma & Associates whose pyramid-like buildings embrace the prevalence of water in Danish lifestyle.

The design champions contemporary Danish design principles and compliments Copenhagen's building's roof profile.

Water Culture House: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Paper Island, also known as Christiansholm, is located at the centre of Copenhagen’s waterfront and having once stored rolls of newspaper for the Danish press, by 2021 the area will be transformed into a buzzing cultural hub. 

The project will be home to informal leisure facilities and private houses, creating an attractive location for local residents and visitors.

Water Culture House : KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Kengo Kuma & Associate's Water Culture House is not only intended to house leisure facilities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, it will be featured next to the canal, creating an architectural connection between water and land. 

Water Culture House : KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

As the cultural centre's architecture is intended to play with shadow, the design reflects how light dances upon water and illustrates the beauty of Copenhagen's waterways. 

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Water Culture House : KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

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