Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Realdania at Bryghusgrunden in Copenhagen
Judging committee of Realdania unanimously has chosen OMA to design buildings and public space on the location of the old Brewery site in the neighborhood called Bryghusgrunden.
Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon will head the design team, while Chris van Duijn has been appointed to head the project team.
Within an area covering 12.000 square meters, the architects need to envision Realdania's new headquarters, gallery space for the Danish Architecture Centre, housing, offices and recreation areas. All this interspersed with public space, to create a lively ambiance. Projected opening date is in 2010.
Realdania is a strategic foundation created with the objective of initiating and supporting projects that improve the man made environment. The foundation's mission is to enhance quality of life in Denmark, by means of quality design and building.
Realdania was established in late 2000 following a merger between two large financial institutions. At the end of 2005 RealdaniaÂ’s net capital amounted to approx. 3,9 billion Euro. In 2005 the foundation's grants amounted to approximately 120 million Euro. Realdania is currently involved in approx. 45 strategic flagship projects and approx. 210 focus projects.