Ørestad in five minutes


Quick overview of the background of Copenhagen's green district. From general plan to the present.

The General 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.

High standard

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.

Four quarters of Ørestad

Part of the general plan is about how Ørestad should be divided into districts, each with its own distinctive character. The four neighbourhoods are Ørestad City, Ørestad North, the Ørestad Fælled neighbourhood and Ørestad South. Lakes, canals and water basins help to link the individual neighbourhoods together.

Integral part of Copenhagen

Ørestad's location and transport accessibility makes the district an integral part of central Copenhagen's metropolitan area and is being developed with the aim of contributing to the long-term urban development of Copenhagen. Ørestad will have room for structures which, because of their size, nature or scope could not be accommodated in Copenhagen's existing neighbourhoods.

Ørestad now and in the future

In 1995, the architectural competition for Ørestad's general plan was completed, and that was the starting point for commencing the development of Ørestad. Since then, several buildings have been completed and several companies have moved in. In the summer of 2002, the University of Copenhagen's building was ready to be occupied, and in 2004 the first residents moved into Karen Blixen Parken in Ørestad North. Since then, Field's shopping centre has opened, the sale of sites accelerated, companies have moved in and private individuals have moved into apartment buildings. Ørestad is rapidly developing into a real, well-functioning neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

CPH City & Port Development.

CPH City & Port Development was founded in October 2007. The purpose of the partnership is primarily to develop areas in Ørestad and Copenhagen Port and also to manage port operations in the port. The Ørestad Development Corporation Ltd., Frederiksbergbaneselskabet Ltd. and Copenhagen Port Ltd. were all dissolved when CPH City & Port Development was established.

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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 milliom 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 Ceter, Ørestad and Vestamager.
  • 60% of Ørestad will consist of commercial andoffice buildings, 20% will be comprised of residential units and 20% of the buildings till be for cultural facilities, services, retail trade and institutions.
  • 80.000 people will work in Ørestad
  • 20.000 people will live in Ørestad
  • Nearly 20,000 people are already studying in Ørestad