Copenhagen Terminal Buildings

Luminous lanterns

Three clusters of geometric shapes sit along the 1,200-metre-long cruise ship pier at Nordhavn, in Copenhagen. The buildings are Copenhagen’s new cruise ship terminal, with heated areas for passengers and an unheated area for handling luggage. The design is inspired by sailing, and the translucent corrugated polycarbonate panels and window sections in the façade evoke an image of luminous lanterns in the dark, thus the terminals become a symbol of safe harbour for travellers from all over the world. Inside, an exposed concrete construction combines with the raw geometric design to create a characteristic look that supports Denmark’s profile as a design nation. During the summer, the terminal is a hive of activity with cruise ships constantly docking and departing, with hundreds of thousands of tourists and crewmembers, from more than 140 different countries, using the facilities during the season. In the winter, two of the terminal buildings are adapted into a cultural venue for events, concerts and exhibitions.


”The terminal buildings are unique in relation to their functions. They’ve got a factual industrial look that balances well with their function. Out of the season the quay and the terminals can be used to different, temporary purposes, as e.g. conferences and arrangements.” – Description from the judges of the committee.


How the project addresses the Sustainable Development Goals

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals, as it was created before the goals were adopted by the UN. We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate action and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientCPH City & Port Development
Area10.000 m²
LocationNordhavn, DK
CollaboratorsThing & Wainø Landscape, SWECO
ImagesAdam Mørk, Tap1
UsersCopenhagen Malmø Port (CMP)