Køge Water Supply

Storing drinking water as a precious resource

The proposal of the new Køge Water Supply reaches into the future to create a new brand for Køge that will heighten our consciousness about drinking water as a precious resource. The water supply provides clean drinking water, and at the same time is a good and functional work place and a local attraction.

It is hard to imagine a world where we cannot drink water from the tap. However, clean drinking water is not a given. The world population is rising. The cities are growing. The poles are melting. The sea level is rising. The rain water is falling more intensively. The pesticides are soaking into the ground. Clean drinking water is gradually becoming the most precious currency.

With the proposal for the new water supply in Køge it was our ambition to create a building with the most cutting-edge water technology and at the same time has a good work environment.

The building works as one unit but is divided into three smaller buildings. Each volume contains a department – Water process, Administration and Service. Each of the volumes are designed and programmed to optimize its function.

It has been an overall concept to incorporate and accentuate the relation of the building towards nature and the outdoor spaces. In that way, the volumes and outdoor spaces of the water supply can be experienced as a courtyard where both indoor and outdoor circulation connect the functions of the building.

At the same time, the volumes are rotated slightly towards each other, which results in a space where outdoor, indoor and in-between movement feel naturally. Natural day light and ventilation are integrated in the building to create a good indoor climate for staff and visitors.

  • Location:

    Køge, Denmark

  • Client:

    Køge Municipality, Danish Ministry of Energy Utilities and Climate

  • Year:


  • Typology:

    Water supply building

  • Construction costs:

    75 mill DKK

  • Size:

    1.600 m2

  • Collaborators:

    Øllgård Rådgivende Ingeniører

  • Status:

    Competition proposal