The BLOX Project | Beautiful beyond the ultimate appearance, what's more?

OMA Construction project The BLOX project in Copenhagen - Headquarters of The Danish Building Centre (DAC) A building with shared studio, integrated art space and apartments (public area in the middle and housing units in the top). After 12 years of design and construction, it is located at a busy intersection in downtown Copenhagen, and its glass facade looks like a glass cube from distance.

1、Geography Story

BLOX crosses highways and connects up and down public transportation,

Connecting  the Council Area and the Harbour to bring culture to the water's edge.

The space for cars becomes the space for people.

A space for human travel becomes a living space.


Copenhagen has a long history of industry and military affairs.

On land originally reclaimed,

A construction site is a group of breweries building,

After being burned down in the 1960s,

the port is building up to be one of Denmark's most iconic buildings.


2、Building and Life Interaction

Unlike most city blocks in Copenhagen,

Usually reserved and inaccessible,

The building absorbs city life:

The BLOX connects with culturally rich

Sloat Saurmen,

Different museums, libraries and historical sites.

Linear parks along the harbor, walls along the docks,

Pass through the building and flow below the water level.


The old playground was incorporated into the new building,

Public space as a partially covered and terraced  with the site,

At night it is turned into an open-air cinema for public use.


Creating a cohesion  between the water, Kierkegaard and the city.


3、A unique look

The appearance of the building is shaped by the same geometry,

superposed in different permutations.

The office is surrounded by a rectangular glass curtain wall,

The white glass curtain wall forms a shadow.

The function of the ground floor is in different volumes

creates  an opening to form a public entrance,

to bring the city into the center of the building.

The color textures of the building aptly echo the ocean tones of the harbour,

It's in the reflection of the sea.

The DAC itself forms the core of the BLOX project,

Situated  in a central location, by residential, office and parking places

and so on.

It's organized into vertical space sequences through the building,

Start from the ground up to the coffee shop,

It overlooks the whole view of Copenhagen.


4、 Sustainable development

A broad vision of sustainability was developed for the project,

Including not only the usual energy sources like carbon but sustainable alternatives as well.

Which also addresses to broader social and economic impact.


The 2009 Copenhagen Accord provides,

Denmark has lower energy consumption requirements for buildings.

This requirement is far lower than in other countries.

To make the design of the building conform to these standards,

its quality and elevation concepts had to be redesigned.

Including innovative methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and  use specific carbon materials in the construction and operation processe.

The major task was studying new solutions for offsetting and neutralizing carbon use.


Building on-site renewable energy sources  achieved low energy consumption levels -

40 kWh/m²/year of primary energy use.


5、Modern intellectual functions

Dining space

Work area

Exhibition Space

Art Exhibition Hall

User friendly and lifecycle flexibility are important elements of BLOX persistence.


BLOX includes exhibition space, office and co-working office space

Cafes, bookstores, fitness centers, restaurants, 22 apartments

and an underground automated public parking garage,

High functionality to achieve the utmost richness and integrity.

At the same time, the building is acoustically isolated from road noise and vibration,

Adopting highway bridge structure and high insulation facade.

All facades of office areas  are glass wall,

providing  spacious appearance and reduces overall energy  consumption.

Use of minimum low-power energy and automatic  lights.

Lights and electric shading are automated through centralized daylight control system and set by the user.

The building is serviced by a high-quality heat recovery plant,

The plant uses Copenhagen's regional heating and cooling system,

The system is based on the use of seawater cooling and waste heat generation.

The BLOX electronic design schematic diagram

Nordic architecture is as beautiful as it is and looking in,

the beauty of design, the beauty of humanity, the beauty of historical research and the beauty of science and technology are visual and vibrant.


February 11, 2019 — Kerrwin Yang

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