terminal architecture
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Copenhagen Cruise Terminals

Luminous lanterns

”The terminal buildings are unique in relation to their functions. They’ve got a factual industrial look that balances well with their function. Out of the season the quay and the terminals can be used to different, temporary purposes, as e.g. conferences and arrangements.”

Description from the judges of the committee.

Three clusters of geometric shapes sit along the 1,200-metre-long cruise ship pier at Nordhavn, in Copenhagen. The buildings are Copenhagen’s new cruise ship terminal, with heated areas for passengers and an unheated area for handling luggage. The terminal architecture is inspired by sailing, and the translucent corrugated polycarbonate panels and window sections in the façade evoke an image of luminous lanterns in the dark, thus the terminals become a symbol of a safe harbour for travellers from all over the world. Inside, an exposed concrete construction mirrors the industrial surrounding. This is combined with a raw geometric design to create a characteristic look that supports Denmark’s profile as a design nation.

The cruise terminals as venues for culture

During the summer, the terminal is a hive of activity with cruise ships constantly docking and departing, with hundreds of thousands of tourists and crewmembers, from more than 140 different countries, using the facilities during the season. In the wintertime, two of the terminal buildings are adapted into a cultural venue for events, concerts and exhibitions. The terminals have for example been used for the live television broadcast of The Denmark Found-Raising and for Copenhagen Fashion Week

A symbol for a green city

The cruise terminals are created with a green sedum roof. They capture rainwater, supports the biodiversity of the area and enlarges the lifetime of the roof membrane. The design is formed so that the green roofs, with their variating slopes, form the significant geometrical shape of the building. The green roofs are on the same time a signal to the arriving guests from all over the world that Copenhagen is a green city. The cruise terminals are provided with natural ventilation, with self regulating air ratios in the facades that goes out of the roof. The terminals are designed with more than 2.400 m2 solar panels placed on the south sloped roof faces to ensure the best use of solar energy.

Sustainable ambitions in the terminal architecture

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals, as it was created before the goals were adopted by the UN. We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate action and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

CPH City & Port Development
10.000 m²
Nordhavn, DK
Thing & Wainø Landscape, SWECO
Adam Mørk, Tap1
Copenhagen Malmø Port (CMP)
  • Copenhagen Cruise Terminals was rewarded with Municipality of Copenhagen’s Architecture Award ind 2014