Sluseholmen is a peninsula in the South Harbour
Kongens Enghave
Kongens Enghave , also known as Sydhavnen , is a district in southern Copenhagen. The area has historically been one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, dissected by major transport corridors and characterized by social problems as well as industry along the harbour-front.Since the turn...

 of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. Part of the Southern Docklands of the Port of Copenhagen
Port of Copenhagen
The Port of Copenhagen is the largest Danish seaport and one of the largest ports in the Baltic Sea basin, with a total annual traffic capacity of around 18.3 million tonnes of cargo.-Statistics:...

, the area used to house heavy industry, but since the turn of the millennium Sluseholmen has undergone massive redevelopment, transforming it into a mainly residential canal district known for its maritime atmosphere.


Sluseholmen used to be home to heavy industry, including a Ford
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. In addition to the Ford and Lincoln brands, Ford also owns a small stake in Mazda in Japan and Aston Martin in the UK...

 cars factory. As the industry left the area, a plan was conceived to develop Sluseholmen into a canal district. The plan was a result of a cooperation between Sjoerd Soeters, Arkitema, Port of Copenhagen
Port of Copenhagen
The Port of Copenhagen is the largest Danish seaport and one of the largest ports in the Baltic Sea basin, with a total annual traffic capacity of around 18.3 million tonnes of cargo.-Statistics:...

 and the City of Copenhagen. Construction started in 2004, the first residents moved in in 2007 and by 2008 development of the new canal district had been completed.

Sluseholmen today

Canal District

Sluseholmen is today dominated by the Sluseholmen Canal District development with 1,150 apartments, located on artificial islands and separated by dug-out canals.


Next to the canal district, at the end of a pier
A pier is a raised structure, including bridge and building supports and walkways, over water, typically supported by widely spread piles or pillars...

 extending from the tip of the peninsula, stands the Metropolis, a residential highrise designed by experimental British architectural firm Future Systems
Future Systems
Future Systems was a London-based architectural and design practice, formerly headed by Directors Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete.Future Systems was founded by Kaplický after working with Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, and Richard Rogers...

. Its design has been inspired by the operation tower on Langebro
Langebro is a bascule bridge across the Inner Harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, connecting Zealand-side H. C. Andersens Boulevard to Amager-side Amager Boulevard...


Valby Boat Club

Along the eastern waterfront of the canal district lies a row of old, brightly painted, wooden sheds, belonging to the Valby Boat Club. When the canal district was planned, the initial intention was to relocate the boat club and demolish the sheds. Ultimately it was decided to spare the boat club and its premises to preserve the maritime environment, create a prolific juxtaposition of old and new, and to strengthen the sense of place
Sense of place
The term sense of place has been defined and used in many different ways by many different people. To some, it is a characteristic that some geographic places have and some do not, while to others it is a feeling or perception held by people...

. The boat club also features a restaurant open to the public.

Future projects

A bridge connecting Sluseholmen to Teglholmen
Teglholmen is a peninsula in the South Harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, located between Sluseholmen and Enghave Brygge. As part of the Southern Docklands of the Port of Copenhagen, the area used to house...

 opened in January 2011. The bridge is designed by Danish architectural firm Hvidt & Mølgaard.

Also in late 2011, the third Copenhagen Harbour Bath
Copenhagen Harbour Baths
Copenhagen Harbour Baths is a system of recreational bathing facilities along the waterfront of Copenhagen, Denmark. There are currently three harbour baths, the first and most well-known of which is located at Islands Brygge...

 is planned to open at Sluseholmen. It is being designed by Kasper Danielsen Arkitekter.


Sluseholmen had an infamous reputation for the absence of public transport
Public transport
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 systems serving the area. This is due to the heavy delay of the bridge to Teglholmen, which was originally planned to open in 2007. After the inauguration of the Tegholmen-Sluseholmen bridge in January 2011 bus line 30 which bypassed the area was diverted to Sluseholmen, connecting the neighborhood to the Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro is a rapid transit system serving Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Tårnby in Denmark. The system opened between 2002 and 2007, and has two lines, M1 and M2. The driverless light metro supplements the larger S-train rapid transit system, and is integrated with DSB local trains and...

 (Bella Center Station - 5 minutes ride) and Copenhagen Central Station - Vesterport S-train
The S-train network is a combined urban rapid transit and suburban rail network of Metropolitan Copenhagen, Denmark. It connects the city center with the inner suburbs of Copenhagen, and has close to half of the stations within the urban city. The first line was opened in 1934...

 Station in a 10-15 minute ride, depending on the traffic.

Since September 2009, Sluseholmen has been served by Route 904 of the Copenhagen Harbour Buses
Copenhagen Harbour Buses
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