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Project of the Month: Paper Island project, Copenhagen, Denmark

This project on the historic island of Christiansholm in Copenhagen will use beautiful architecture to celebrate the city’s culture. The unique design includes distinctive tiled triangular precast elements inspired by the former warehouses on the island.

Unique designs inspired by historic buildings

The island of Christiansholm, known locally as ‘Paper Island’, is currently being transformed with beautiful new buildings as a gift to the residents of Copenhagen and the city’s visitors. Designed by Cobe, the architecture will invigorate the area, and provide an exceptional setting for people to enjoy unique experiences in one of the city’s best locations – the heart of the Port of Copenhagen.

The eye-catching triangular designs of the new development are inspired by the shapes of historic buildings on the island, including the roofs of former paper warehouses. To bring these shaped designs to life, the architects, Cobe, have pushed the limits of what is possible with precast elements.

Tight spaces and challenging designs

Both the city center location and the unique design presented challenges. That’s why NCC, the company responsible for planning and managing the construction of the main structure of the building, as well as the logistics and erecting the precast elements, turned to Peikko for solutions.

To begin with, the tiled precast walls and triangular roof elements were challenging to transform from ideas on paper into elements that could be produced, transported and erected on the site. In addition, because the site is in the heart of Copenhagen, right next to the Royal Opera, the Royal Play House and Nyhavn, there is limited storage space for concrete elements and access to the site has to be very carefully planned.

Kasper Vase Petersen, Site Project Manager, NCC Danmark A/S, explains, “It is a difficult site because we don’t have any place to store the precast elements and other materials. Furthermore, we only have one access road to the site. This will become even more challenging when other contractors start the construction of the Water Culture House on another part of the site!” 

“The main reason for choosing columns shoes and wall shoes, from my point of view, is the easy and simple installation.”

 Quick and efficient installation eases logistics

The supporting columns were erected using Peikko's 30th anniversary HPKM® Column shoes. Peikko’s bolted column connection system is really effective because it doesn’t require any bracing, which means quicker erection and efficient use of crane time, as well as a tidier construction site, which is especially important when there is limited space.

The unique tiled facades were connected using Peikko's SUMO® Wall Shoes, for speedy assembly and safe and robust bolted connections up through the floors. Peikko solutions were also selected for the distinctive tiled triangular precast roof elements, and a special lifting beam was designed to safely lift the elements at an installation angle of 19 degrees, all without damaging the tiles.

“The main reason for choosing columns shoes and wall shoes, from my point of view, is the easy and simple installation that leads to less grouting failures compared to corrugated tubes. This also means simpler documentation for the connections and grouting quality afterwards,” says Vase Petersen. “We also appreciated that we don’t need any bracings during erection phase. When we have less manual lifts and less bracing to handle, we also improve the working environment for our erection crew, which is important for us.” 

Project facts

  • Project size: 45,000 m2
  • Developer: Danica Ejendomme
  • Construction Company: NCC Construction A/S
  • Structural Designer: MOE
  • Architect: Cobe Architects
  • Precaster: Ambercon A/S – A/S Boligbeton
  • Delivery year: 2020-2021
  • Completion year: 2024


Contact person

Henrik Harder
Sales Manager
Peikko Denmark


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