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Harilds Hus. Flexible Office Buildings, built in Carlsberg, Copenhagen

Harild Hus
A flexible office building centrally located in the Carlsberg district 

Harild Hus is adjacent to the site of the European School in the Carlsberg district and is the last brick in the block that is made up of the European School and the historical brewery buildings.


Flexibility and robustness were main factors in the brief. The 70m linear building is on six floors, with retail on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors. Each floor can be organized as one open space, although most tenants will have need for a division of some sort. The facade, floor plans and installations are designed with a 3m grid – where divisions can be placed in the interior. In this way the spaces are scalable, able to adapt to each tenant; with small or large open workspaces, cell offices, meeting rooms, flex rooms etc.

The building refers to its historical surroundings, with a brick façade and a tiled ground floor. A retracted top floor is also clad in tile. The brick used for the facade is a dark, soft-molded clay brick with a rough texture. The facade is animated with a relief pattern, framing the windows and breaking up the scale of the building. The brick is laid in a stretcher bond, but changes pattern with the relief. The building has its own Carlsberg expression, at once industrial and subtly ornamental.


The project was organized so that all stakeholders were involved in a co-creative process from the beginning – ensuring that architectonic quality, buildability and technical solutions form a unity. The building performs to the 2020 standard, with an energy limit of 20 kWh/m² per year.


The facade, floor plans and installations are designed with a 3m grid – where divisions can be placed in the interior. This makes the spaces scalable and adaptable to each tenant

Harilds Hus, overview.
Plan. Offices at Harilds Hus, Carlsberg

Copenhagen, Denmark
Carlsberg Ejendomme
Office, retail
8.000 m2
Vilhelm Lauritzen Architecs, EKJ Engineers,
BAM Danmark
Brickwork facade design, Harilds Hus
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