Beckmann Tower & Wilhelm House, Denmark
Carlsberg Byen P/S
In the Carlsberg City District, the 120-year-old Winding Chimney rises above the industrial skyline, showcasing its uniquely crafted masonry with Notre Dame-inspired gargoyles and top shaped like a lotus flower. The chimney is one amongst many iconic creations by master builder P.S. Beckmann and architect Vilhelm Dahlerup. Inspired by the artistic wealth and architectural ambition of the historic brewery site, Beckmann Tower and Wilhelm House pay homage to excellent craftmanship.Read more ↓
Walking through the historic Carlsberg City District is to experience a unique atmosphere of artistic detailing and architectural generosity. Since Carlsberg moved its production from its former premises in central Copenhagen, the 170-year-old brewery site has been transforming into a lively new neighborhood where new and old exists side by side. Situated on Carlsberg City District’s main axis New Carlsberg Road, Beckmann Tower and Wilhelm House will be the last building block on the way to the iconic Dipylon Gate. It will house 196 apartments spread over 23 floors with a podium of offices, shops, cafés and restaurants.
Drawing inspiration from many of the architectural gems in the neighborhood – including Ottilia House, the Elephant Tower and the Hanging Gardens – Beckmann Tower and Wilhelm House pay homage to the high quality craftmanship and architectural generosity found at every corner on the former brewery site. Framed patterns in the red brick façade give the block its own unique character. Nuances in color and materiality creates a rhythm between light and shadow. The vertical pattern from street level to the top of Beckmann Tower and horizontal in Wilhelm House places emphasis on the shape and adds a human scale to the 80-meter tower.
From top to bottom, every part of Beckmann Tower and Wilhelm House is carefully planned so everyone will get the most out of the natural daylight. From the tower homes, residents have a unique view over the rooftops of Copenhagen. At ground level the buildings open towards the street and square. The glass façade creates visual openings and interactions between inside and outside, contributing to a lively neighborhood.
Almost hiding in the middle of the building block, a secret garden will offer a recreational green space for both the residents and passersby. At 2000 square meters it will be the largest contiguous courtyard in the neighborhood. Winding paths, solitary trees, terrasses and lush green beds create space for play, spontaneous meetings and pauses in the heart of the new Carlsberg City District.
Beckmann Tower and Wilhelm House is our third contribution to the new Carlsberg City District which also includes the transformation of the Mineral Water Factory and the design of the connected Mineral Water House – merging old and new together.