Urban development, housing, playing fields and business. Ørestad has been developed only a few minutes from the Øresund Bridge and Copenhagen Airport.

Ørestad is a mixed neighbourhood, where commercial building projects have sprung up next door to apartment buildings. Here you will find rental, owner-occupied, cooperative and public housing all in the same neighbourhood, and sometimes even in the same building. 

There are already about 10,000 people now living in Ørestad. But this figure is expected to rise to about 25,000 over the next 15 years. At the same time, it is anticipated that 60,000 people will eventually work in Ørestad's businesses and an additional 20,000 students will attend the upper secondary school, the IT University of Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen.

Intelligent location

Companies moving to Ørestad are primarily attracted by the location.. The Øresund motorway and railway passes through Ørestad City and provides optimal accessibility, including from Copenhagen Airport and the Øresund Bridge. Residents emphasize the importance of the open skyline, the fantastic light, modern apartment buildings and the combination of the extensive commons on their doorstep and easy access to "old" Copenhagen.

Six of the Metro's stations are located in Ørestad. The Metro runs 24 hours a day. There are departures every 3 minutes during rush hour and the journey time from e.g. Ørestad City to Kongens Nytorv in the centre of Copenhagen is 10 minutes. At the same time, the Metro is a design icon thanks to the ubiquitous elevated railway, which testifies to its proximity to old Copenhagen.

Four neighbourhoods 

Ørestad is divided into four neighbourhoods, each with its own distinctive character; Ørestad North, Ørestad Fælled Kvarteret, Ørestad City and Ørestad South, and they are developing at different rates. Ørestad North and City are already in use.

The development of Ørestad is advancing steadily. More than half of the 3.1 million square meters were sold to investors, and that means that the district can be developed over the next 15-20 years, depending on market conditions. 

Culture and urban life
Although it is only about 15 years since construction began in Ørestad, the neighbourhood is already developing a cultural and urban life of its own. With one of Denmark's most modern libraries, the urban sports park PLUG N PLAY, the concert hall DR-byen etc., Ørestad has some unique features that you will not find elsewhere in Copenhagen. 

Ørestad's master plan

In accordance with the Ørestad Act, adopted in 1992, the Ørestad Development Corporation (now CPH City & Port Development) commenced development of the new urban district by holding an international architectural competition.

The architectural competition was completed in November 1994. In early 1995, public debate on the four winning projects resulted in the decision that a proposal prepared by a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) would form the basis for the planning project.

The development of Ørestad is taking place within the framework of the master plan with which the Finnish architect team won the competition. The master plan outlines in broad strokes a neighbourhood designed according to a high international standard - with top-class urban planning and architecture.

The overall master plan for Ørestad includes a general requirement that it must appear as a modern counterpart to Copenhagen's old city centre. The district shall have a high architectural and environmental quality.

Since the master plan was developed, many buildings have sprung up and many companies have moved into the area. Ørestad is rapidly developing into an integrated and well-functioning neighbourhood in Copenhagen. And yet, it is quite different from the other neighbourhoods in the capital.

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Facts about Ørestad

  • Ørestad is an area which extends more than 5 kilometres from the outskirts of the city centre to the edge of Copenhagen Airport.
  • The district is about 600 metres wide.
  • It has a total area of 310 hectares, equivalent to 3.1 million square metres.
  • 3.1 million square metres of floor space can be built in Ørestad.
  • There are six Metro stations in Ørestad: Islands Brygge, DR Byen, Sundby, Bella Center, Ørestad and Vestamager.
  • 60% of Ørestad will consist of commercial and office buildings, 20% will be comprised of residential units and 20% of the buildings will be for cultural facilities, services, retail trade and institutions.
  • 60,000 people will work in Ørestad.
  • 25,000 people will live in Ørestad.
  • Nearly 20,000 people are already studying in Ørestad 


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