With a single and convincing touch, we created a building where perforated façade cladding with pleated folds brings memories of the classic stage curtain as we know it from the very first cinemas. Behind this curtain, films can confidently provide cinematic experiences and the city is invited in when the curtain on the ground floor is raised, disclosing its transparent lower floor with shops and cafés. At the same time, the curtain is elegantly drawn aside at one end of the building where the lobby and staircase room lead movie goers up through the building to a total of five cinemas with a seating capacity for 650 people or further up to the restaurant at the top of the building.
BIG BIO Nordhavn
- EKJ Rådgivende Ingeniører
- Vestergaard Nielsen A / S
- Turnkey Contractor
- Hamborg Plads, Nordhavn, Copenhagen
- 2017 - 2019
- DGNB Gold
Situated next to an urban square, the reddish brown, anodised sheets on the façade go well with the colours in the surroundings, and the wavy outline and perforation of the building ensure a visual experience where light and shadows create unimaginable patterns during the day.
The ground floor and the top floor of the building do not have any load-bearing or reinforcing walls, which makes it easy to move and set up new walls. Moreover, the shell is designed for live loads corresponding to the level used for building stadium stands. Therefore, it is easy to change the use of all storeys to literally anything – music events, exhibitions, sport events or small-scale business.