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The building was designed as a gate to the Carlsberg City District | Photo source C.F. Møller / Adam Mørk

Brewery's headquarters made from sustainable materials, and old brewing equipment

Architecture & Design

CF Møller Architects has designed a new headquarters for the Carlsberg Group in Copenhagen, featuring a recycled copper façade and a golden metal bridge to reference beer and brewing equipment

Spotted: Located in Valby Bakke in central Copenhagen, the Carlsberg headquarters has been making beer since the brewery opened in 1847. Now, international architectural firm CF Møller Architects, have designed new headquarters for the company. Standing at four-storeys high, the building consists of three wings that house a large atrium, offices, meeting rooms and temporary workstations. It is also clad with recycled copper slats to reference old brewing equipment. The building’s materials were all chosen for their durable and sustainable properties. Surfaces have mainly been left untreated, without chemical intervention, while wood cladding is micro-perforated to provide acoustic absorption.

Tailored to fit the headquarters’ historic surroundings, the building was designed as a gate to the Carlsberg City District, with a bridge over one of three new roads that mark the entrance to the area. The underside of the bridge is lined with gold perforated metal sheets that have been decorated with a carbonated bubble design, to reference both beer and the freshwater site that the grounds sit on. On the roof are solar panels and the façade is fitted with low-energy ventilation systems that optimise the indoor climate.

The interior of the headquarters is fitted with a Nordic material palette, consisting of brass details combined with herringbone bamboo floors and large glass walls. All the features of the building are organised around a large central atrium that has white concrete floors, which connects all the levels. In the atrium are large amphitheatre-styles steps fitted with cushions to look out into the gardens. These were built with the goal of inviting visitors and employees to socialise and use the space for informal working.

Written By: Serafina Basciano

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