The institution

The project for a new Ministry building in Copenhagen questions the role of political institutions in contemporary city: can the institution act as an urban generator by relocating it from a rich city heart to the margins of the centre? The aim is to soften the boundary between the private and public by introducing the ‘third room’ where the city, the building, its users and its visitors meet.

The site is situated where Copenhagen Meat Packing District faces Dybbølsbro bridge. It is an area where different architectural periods and social groups merge – a site with a great potential to mix activities and users at different times of the day. Continuous city space becomes a part of the building, where citizens are invited for informal communication and meeting. The design allows for visual or physical interaction between the workers and visitors of the Ministry, creating a field of possibilities – as the most wanted condition within the contemporary city.