The Crystal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Guided by light

The Crystal is an extension to the existing Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed Nykredit premises that sits opposite the site. It reads as a transparent, geometrical, glazed form which, resting only on a single point, floats as a visually light, crystalline structure above the plaza. The building’s multi-faceted glass façade reflects daylight and surroundings. The double-glazing features an integrated sunscreen that allows the building to adapt to changing light conditions. The outer glazing system includes a subtle silk print design that mitigates solar ingress and enlivens the ambience of the harbour area.

The Crystal is a modern office building on the Copenhagen harbourfront.
The Crystal is designed to interact with its surroundings, offering a subtle connection between the formal architecture of its neighbor, the Glyptotek Museum of Ancient and Modern Art, and the waterfront
The rhombic construction system placed immediately inside the façade functions as an architectural element while allowing the building to forgo pillars.
The Crystal has a sound environmental strategy - the outer layer of glass admits fresh air, creating a naturally ventilated façade which helps to regulate the temperature inside the building. 800 m2 of solar panels are fitted at roof level and rainwater is collected and recycled, producing 80.000 KWh a year for the building.

The interior layout has been designed for optimum functionality, flexibility and efficiency.

The typical floor plan is disposed in a Z-shape around two atria, ensuring that all workstations are well lit and enjoy a view.

The plaza features a large water pool which reflects the sun and the clouds moving across the sky. During the day, the plaza is divided into distinct areas by ‘walls’ of water jets whose formation continuously changes throughout the day. At night the pool is illuminated by a soft turquoise-green light, which together with the patterns of warm light from the lighting masts brings a unique ambience to the new plaza.