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Work starts on Foster + Partners’ Copenhagen pharmaceutical HQ

Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ by Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners has broken ground on its new HQ for Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Copenhagen 


The 39,000m2 office building sits on the waterfront besides the Øresund crossing between Copenhagen and Malmö, and is next to Copenhagen International Airport.

Arranged around a central atrium, the building contains a café and breakout spaces, conference facilities, offices and laboratories.

The lightweight glass scheme sits on a stone plinth which acts as a defence against floods while its six stacked floors and rof canopy cantilever out to provide views of the surrounding area and to create self-shaded spaces on each floor. 

The project is set to complete in 2019.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ by Foster + Partners

Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ by Foster + Partners

Architect’s view

We wanted to create a very strong base that directly connects to and celebrates this unique waterside location and lifts the building above that level – so that there are uninterrupted views from the ground floor to the strait and the surrounding harbour.

The triangular form of the building is driven by the shape of the site, surrounded by water on all sides. The layout of the interior spaces was derived from in-depth studies of Ferring’s way of working. Through observation and targeted interviews, the design team gained valuable insight into the processes involved in the development of pharmaceutics, creating workspaces that are tailored to the company’s specific requirements.

For such a significant project it was vital that the building reflected the personality of the organisation and that it would create a collaborative and flexible working environment to carry them through the next century.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ by Foster + Partners

Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ by Foster + Partners

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