The researcher apartments in Carlsberg District

Praksis Arkitekter’s sketch of the building’s garden facade

The Carlsberg Foundation has built 22 researcher apartments in Carlsberg District. The apartments, which accommodate top international guest researchers, were opened on September 2, 2016 on Brewer J.C. Jacobsens 205th birthday. 

In the south-east corner of Carlsberg District, 22 new researcher apartments have been built next to the Hanging Gardens. They overlook the garden belonging to the former Old Carlsberg’s main building, which subsequently became the Honorary Residence and is now the Carlsberg Academy. The Carlsberg Foundation’s researcher apartments are also situated close to the new Carlsberg station and Campus Carlsberg, which is the new home of University College UCC.

The Carlsberg Foundation’s Board of Directors adopted the building project on 2 September 2011 – the 200th birthday of brewer J.C. Jacobsen, the founder of the Foundation. J.C. Jacobsen regarded science as crucial for both beer production and society. The location of the apartments emphasises the close ties between brewing, research and knowledge.

The new researcher apartments on the Carlsberg site in the new district will allow the Carlsberg Foundation to continue its tradition of hosting top researchers from home and abroad. The apartments are located close to the former Honorary Residence, which in the past accommodated internationally acclaimed researchers, including the physicist Niels Bohr from 1932 until his death in 1962.

In January 2016, the Researcher Apartments won the architecture prize “Store Arne” and Praksis Arkitekter won Nykredit’s architecture prize, the largest in Denmark.

The architecture

The building of the 22 new researcher apartments has been undertaken for the Carlsberg Foundation by the property development company Carlsberg Byen P/S. In April 2012, the Danish architecture firm Praksis Arkitekter won the Carlsberg Foundation’s competition to design the new apartments, which occupies an area of approx. 3,200 m2 over six floors. On the reasons for choosing Praksis Arkitekter, the Carlsberg Foundation’s chairman Flemming Besenbacher said:

“The Carlsberg Foundation is impressed with the winning proposal. The building has been conceived in the spirit of the old brewer with a focus on quality and pursuing excellence, and it will provide a perfect setting for researchers and their families to concentrate on science while at the same time enjoying the pulse of the Carlsberg District and Copenhagen.”

The new Carlsberg District

Over the next 10-15 years, the 33-hectare Carlsberg site will be transformed from an historic area into a modern, climate-friendly residential quarter with its own train station and campus. Carlsberg District is expected to comprise roughly 45% shops and commerce, 45% homes and 10% culture, sport and institutions. The new district will fully reflect the 170-year history of the site where Denmark’s largest brewery was founded by J.C. Jacobsen and subsequently expanded by his son, Carl Jacobsen. Many of the preserved Carlsberg buildings and their unique architecture have inspired Praksis Arkitekter and find expression in the Carlsberg Foundation’s researcher apartments.

Visualisation of the building’s pergola next to the garden