Pictures: 3XN’s Copenhagen Arena

A team comprising 3XN, HKS Architects, Arup, ME Engineers and Planit has won the design competition for the new Copenhagen Arena.

Expected to be completed in late 2015, the design features a semi-transparent yellow terracotta and glass facade.

The glass between the terracotta fins is said to make the building appear open and accessible, while the foyer areas receive natural light.


Its form is divided into a plinth and a top – the organic shape of the plinth creates spaces and niches which can be used for recreational purposes and regulating the movements of spectators.

Partner and creative director of 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen, commented: “Our ambition was to create an arena, that besides from hosting a range of amazing sporting and musical events would also be a catalyst for various local activities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

“The areas surrounding the arena are designed to be used for recreational purposes, while the public foyer easily can host markets or exhibitions. In this way, the arena is also a cultural centre.”

Copenhagen Arena will have a capacity of between 12,500 and 15,000 spectators, depending on the event taking place.

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