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3XN-designed UN City complex opens in Denmark

03 Jul 2013 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2013 18:30)

The new regional head office of the United Nations in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by the architectural firm 3XN, has been opened.

UN City complex

The new regional head office of the United Nations in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by the architectural firm 3XN, has been opened.

The €134m headquarters, dubbed the UN City complex, is situated at Marmormolen, north of Copenhagen’s city centre and has the capacity to accommodate 1,700 employees.

UN City is shaped as an eight-armed star, with construction on the five most eastern arms completed at the start of 2013 and the remaining three arms expected to be complete in 2014.

Located on an artificial island, the building is separated from its immediate surroundings and has a façade covered in white perforated aluminum shutters, which will allow solar shading without blocking daylight.

The building will feature an atrium that will connect the lobby level, featuring all common functions, with the office levels where several UN agencies are distributed.

The atrium of the building will offer both visual and physical connections across floors and units while facilitating natural daylight.

Sustainable features of the building include green recreational areas, sea water cooling system, rainwater collectors, reflective roofs and solar shades.

The building has been constructed in accordance with green principles that optimise energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint.

After completion, the building is expected to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the country, consuming less than 50 KwH per m².

The UN City complex features over 680 bicycle racks, encouraging employees to come on bicycles in order to reduce pollution from transportation.


Image: The UN City complex has the capacity to accommodate 1,700 employees. Photo: Courtesy of 3XN.