COBE selected to design FLSmidth’s new headquarters

4 September 2019 (Last Updated September 4th, 2019 12:41)

Danish architecture firm COBE has been selected by FLSmidth and ATP Real Estate to design the new campus for FLSmidth in Valby.

Danish architecture firm COBE has been selected by FLSmidth and ATP Real Estate to design the new campus for FLSmidth in Valby.

COBE proposed to create new and modern spaces for workspace collaboration while protecting the ‘preservation-worthy buildings’ designed by architect Palle Suenson.

The original buildings have been the home of FLSmidth since 1956. The selection of COBE follows an architecture contest conducted earlier this year.

FLSmidth CFO Lars Vestergaard said: “COBE’s winning proposal strikes the perfect balance between respecting the original architecture while also incorporating our values and our need for a collaborative working environment that nurtures innovation.

“In addition, our new campus will give us an advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining the global talents of tomorrow, while also reinforcing our bond with Valby and Denmark.”

The project also includes the construction of housing on the adjacent grounds of FLSmidth, a new underground carpark and two new buildings.

FLSmidth and ATP Real Estate entered an agreement last year to develop the new headquarters. As part of the agreement, ATP will be the investors, builders and owners of the proposed headquarters and housing.

Project construction will start following the completion of a new local development plan. It is expected to start in 2021 and complete in 2023. The housing project will be carried out in phases and is projected to complete in 2027.

ATP Real Estate CEO Martin Vang Hansen said: “Opening the FLSmidth park to the public and building new housing is a way to improve the city.

“With the renovation of the existing buildings, we respect the uniqueness of the neighbourhood and move it in a sustainable direction as we will DGNB-certify both the housing and headquarters.

“To us, the long-term rental agreement with FLSmidth means that it is both a good investment and a positive mark on Copenhagen.”