The Danish Association of Architects has opened an international contest for a new parish church in the South Harbour district of Copenhagen
Backed by the local parish council, the contest seeks proposals for a 3,200m² church on a prominent waterfront plot in the regeneration district which is known locally as Sydhavnen.
Planned to complete in 2019, the high-profile building at Teglholmen will be the first new church in the Danish capital for 30 years.
The flexible building – occupying a corner plot with water on two sides – must be suitable for a range of religious, social, cultural and musical events.
Lone Rasmussen, jury and parish council chair, said: ‘South Harbour is a great neighbourhood which in recent years has seen rapid development.
‘For us it is important to build a church that architecturally fits into the surroundings and simultaneously preserve the old atmosphere of South Harbour. We would rather have a church that reflects the motley “Sydhavnen spirit” than a large prestigious tourist attraction.’
He continued: ‘We want to build a church which is also suitable for everyday use. We already have a wide range of church activities which cater to busy families with children and young people and senior citizens.
‘We hope that everyone in South Harbour will accept the church as their own and use it both in daily life and for celebrations.’
Formerly an industrial district – Sydhavnen has been transformed into a mini-Amsterdam by the arrival of new offices, apartments and floating homes over the past decade.
Prominent new landmarks include the Metropolis Tower by Kasper Danielsen Architects with Future Systems while the nearby Citroën House headquarters is a reminder of the area’s manufacturing past.
The enormous H. C. Ørsted Power Station to the north is an additional industrial landmark visible from the competition site.
Aalborg University created a new campus – hosting 3,500 students and over 500 employees – in the area four years ago. Former Danish prime minister Anker Joergensen is also a notable Sydhavnen resident.
Up to three winners – set to be announced 2 November – will receive prizes worth £16,000 each and be invited to negotiate for the design contract. A fee of approximately £21,000 is available for teams participating in the negotiations.
The competition language is Danish and the deadline for submitting projects is 31 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Danish Association of Architects