Sluseholmen Canal District
Sluseholmen Canal District (Danish
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: Sluseholmen Kanalby) is a residential development, located on Sluseholmen
Sluseholmen is a peninsula in the South Harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark. Part of the Southern Docklands of the Port of Copenhagen, 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...

 peninsula in the South Harbour
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 area of Copenhagen
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, Denmark
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. The development comprises 1,350 apartments. The apartments are built on eight artificial islands, separated by dug-out canals. On each island is a closed block of townhouses, 4-7 stories tall, built around a sheltered courtyard
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 with public access. The houses are frequently stand directly on the canals, while bridges, wharf
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s and "ghats
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" create direct contact to the water.

The development was designed by Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters
Sjoerd Soeters
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 and the Danish architecture firm Arkitema
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 but to ensure a veried cityscape, the facades of the individual townhouses were designed by 20 different architecture practices.


The Sluseholmen peninsula used to house heavy industry, including a Ford
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 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
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 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.


The general concept for the area was developed by Sjoerd Soeters and Arkitema with inspiration from the artificial island residential development in Amsterdam. Arkitema also developed the shell structures.

To ensure a varied cityscape, inspired by Copenhagen vernacular architecture
Vernacular architecture
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 from around 1900, the facades of the individual townhouses were designed by 20 different Danish architecture firms. Arkitema drew up a set of dogma
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, governing the materials used, colours smd proportions of the facade designs. It was also decided that at least five different firms had to be involved in the design of each island. The result is lively and imaginative block housing, with individual houses highly diverse in appearance.

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