Denmark will build one of the world’s largest contemporary wooden structures under the direction of the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen. They have proposed the same plans citing it as Marmormolen. A vision of urbanization is characteristic of Henning Larsen’s architecture and landscape firm. Most of their designs are examples of an alluring play of light and shadow. They believe in creating an impact on society in the long run and shaping conditions for healthier human interactions. In the process of designing, creativity and experimentation are crucial elements.

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About The Design

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Located on the Nordhavn water bank, Marmormolen is a commercial building. In cooperation with an engineering firm, Henning Larsen will design it for the company AP Pension. The construction will start in 2022 and is estimated to end by 2024. Back in the day, the waterfront region was an industrial region that developed a lot in these years. It is now an experimental area for new creative projects. This Henning Larsen design unites offices, retails, and public spaces.

Contextual Design

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The 28-meter-high building takes into account its context. Ideally, it should blend into the surrounding environment. On one side, the building reaches the full eight stories, but on the other, it drops down to three. The taller side faces a commercial street while the shorter side faces a neighborhood housing. The design acknowledges its surroundings, and hence it does not look alienated from other buildings in its proximity. The waterfront location of the building allows it to take full advantage of its scenic beauty. The ground floor is an extension of the waterfront itself.

Sustainable Design

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There are green urban spaces on three sides of the building and a waterfront on the fourth. Marmormolen appears as one unit from the outside but is a series of rectangular cubes. With its rooftop garden and terrace, each cube has its soul. The entire site is home to a green plaza, lush rooftop gardens, and a waterfront park. The ground floor is transparent, open, and is a flexible continuation of the waterfront. Passersby find it inviting and attractive. The above floors offer uninterrupted views from the sky to the horizon to the waters below.  On the ground floor are an auditorium and a large cantina. A large central courtyard connects the upper floors. The area is covered with vegetation and receives plenty of light and air.

According to Henning Larsen, substantiality is the key concept behind the design. Building materials consist mainly of timber and little or no concrete. Structural concrete used in the buildings emits large amounts of carbon dioxide whereas timber embeds it in itself. In an interview with the director of Henning Larsen, Soren stated that architecture releases carbon dioxide, and now it’s our opportunity to bring a change and make things better. Wood constitutes the structural elements, and glass adorns the facade. Europe, Germany, Sweden will import the timber needed for construction.

Distinct Workspaces


One of the distinct features of this design is the workspaces. Henning Larsen has taken a different approach to creating more comfortable and productive spaces. Unlike the traditional workspaces enclosed within four walls, Marmormolen has an extroverted proposal. He envisioned these spaces to be a market of ideas. They are more open and connected. Along with being connected to each other, they are a part of the endless skies and waters. Community learning and sharing of ideas become an inevitable part.

As a result of their focus on sustainability, Henning Larsen’s designs contribute to the environment. This building will also be a part of its community and neighborhood. The beautiful texture and the warmth of the colors will attract the public. The waterfront justifies the site location to build a commercial building open to all. Future generations will witness the use of more sustainable materials in buildings. Henning Larsen wants to give something back by designing the second largest building in timber.


Vismai is a driven student leveraging studies in architecture and a keen observant of fine details in art forms who has had a passion for writing and poetry since forever. Along with sketches, she considers writing as a valuable tool to interpret buildings.

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