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Local firm beats ZHA and AZPML in Copenhagen church contest

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JaJa Architects has defeated Zaha Hadid Architects and AZPML in an international contest for a new parish church in the South Harbour district of Copenhagen

The local practice (pictured bottom) was chosen from 114 entries to scoop the competition which sought proposals for a 3,200m² church on a prominent waterfront plot in the regeneration district known locally as Sydhavnen.

UK firms participating in the open call – organised by the Danish Association of Architects – included ZHA, AZPML and Architects of Invention.

JaJa Architects received the £18,000 top prize while second place went to a collaboration between Danish architects Stine Christiansen and Olmo Ahlmann and third place was awarded to Swedish firm Gustav Appell arkitektkontor.

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 – is expected to be used for a range of religious, social, cultural and musical events.

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.

South Harbour Church Copenhagen

South Harbour Church Copenhagen

Winner: JAJA Architects

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