The construction project

The new Comwell hotel is located in the heart of the new district: Trælastholmen in the north harbor of Copenhagen

For the first time in Comwell's history, we open a hotel in Copenhagen. AP Pension is one of the main forces behind hundreds of millions DKK in a expensive new hotel in the North harbor. The hotel is designed by the award-winning architectural firm, Arkitema Architects, who has chosen to inspire the harbor's historic warehouses. The hotel in the North harbor will accommodate 493 rooms and 18 conference and meeting rooms, and will be the first hotel in the North harbor. The hotel opens in January 2021.

The hotel is built at Trælastholmen in the area between the marina and Copenhagen International School. The neighborhood has water around it on three sides and overlooks Øresund, and in a few years it becomes a whole new and attractive district - in the heart of Copenhagen.

It is the Danish-owned and independent pension company AP Pension, which, together with the Finnish pension company, Keva, is responsible for the financing of Comwell in the North harbor. This is the first time that AP Pension is part of such a joint venture project with another pension company. 

About the district of Trælastholmen

Trælastholmen becomes the most compact neighborhood in the North harbor with buildings of 4 to 6 floors and a single higher building. A continuous white facade ensures a connection with the existing white buildings at Svanemølle harbor, thereby strengthening the architectural character of the area.

The local city hall "Kanalpladsen" is designed with proximity and experiences by the water and has facilities for stay and movement primarily for residents in the neighborhood.

The metro square on Trælastkaj and "The Urban Sports Square" are townships with possibilities for movement, stayovers, trade and meeting places for users and residents in the district.

Audience-oriented features are placed towards the subway and selected corners along the access roads.

Aarhus street district changes character

The Aarhus street district builds on the long history and strong identity. The history of the harbor and the area's qualities, will create a unique district with strong contrasts. Old meetings new. Small meetings big. Closed meetings open. The city meets the water.

The city development has begun in Århus street district - the southernmost part of the North harbor. From the harbor area with free-port status and extensive use to a city of neighborhoods, in direct connection with the water.

The Aarhus street district, bounded by the "Nordbassinet", "Kronløbsbassinet" and "Kronløbet", is realized as the first city block with space for approx. 3,000 residents and 7,000 jobs.

The old buildings, silos and quays will, in conjunction with the new urban spaces, buildings and bridges, create a district with clear historical traces. 

The raw character of the harbor, rugged materials and simple construction are used and supplemented with refined details and materials. In this way, the harbor's raw aesthetics are continued in new ways, and a special character is created in the meeting between the robust and the refined.

The outdoor areas will preferably appear new because, in addition to a number of buildings in the area, it is primarily the buildings that are preserved. Outdoor areas contribute to the identity of interpreting the harbor's simple and raw aesthetics in a modern style that supports the needs of the neighborhood's users.

About the architect

The Danish architectural firm Arkitema Architects has designed Comwell’s hotel in Copenhagen. 

The firm drew inspiration from Nordhavnen’s 200-year-old history and the harbour’s warehouses, with their characteristic simple windows and shutters.  

The facade’s window openings will be reinforced with special copper-coloured metal plates to create an interplay between the light and reflections from the canal in front of the hotel. 

Inside, the building wraps in a figure eight around two green atriums in the middle, and the greenery extends out to the hotel’s facade. 

All of the hotel’s public functions are situated on the ground floor, where the restaurant and bar offer views and access to the canal in front of the hotel. 

The City of Copenhagen is open to the possibility of establishing a water taxi that can shuttle hotel guests directly to Nyhavn.

DGNB certification

DGNB consists of a number of criteria and sub-criteria that are used together to evaluate a building or urban area.  The qualities evaluated through DGNB are based on the original three sustainability aspects from the Rio Declaration (environmental, economic and social sustainability), which the DGNB scheme supplements with an evaluation of technical qualities that cover the physical framework and the process qualities that cover the actual development process. 

Unlike other sustainability certifications, DGNB's holistic approach to sustainability it what characterises it.  The economic parameters are weighted on an equal level with the others, so that sustainability becomes meaningful in the daily practice in the construction industry. 

With a DGNB certification, the criteria are weighted in relation to each other.  This means that sustainability from a DGNB perspective is not only about achieving a high score in relation to the individual parameters, but also about creating balance between the parameters.  What is evaluated as being economically sustainable may not necessarily be socially sustainable, and what may be a desire for environmental sustainability can easily transpire to be bad business. 

It is precisely these contradictions between the different considerations that the DGNB certification tries to eliminate, so the building or urban area becomes as sustainable as possible in its entirety and not just taking selected considerations into account. 

On the other hand, if a building or urban area lives up to the minimum level within each of the individual parameters, it is of course possible to sharpen the focus on individual qualities and score higher within that area. For example, this might be by emphasising social qualities in an urban area or focusing on state-of-the-art energy solutions in the building.

The board of DK-GBC has laid down a strategic initiative, which states that a comprehensive update of the DGNB sustainability classes has to be made when the Danish building regulations are updated, which happens about every two years. 

Minor adjustments are also to be continually made, based on feedback from DGNB auditors and consultants who might experience inconsistencies or find more optimal practices in relation to the criteria. The argument for this approach is to ensure DGNB remains a voluntary dynamic sustainability class, which continuously raises the level of ambition for sustainable construction.