The BLOX project, home of the Danish Architecture Center (DAC), is designed by architecture studio OMA and built and funded by the Danish association Realdania. The contemporary structure adds to Copenhagen a new impulse: an encounter between the water frontages, Kierkegaard’s Square and the city. BLOX’s square volume, positioned directly along the harbourside, creates a sheltered public city square against the traditional yellow buildings and a much needed built front for the existing library square.
The structure contains exhibition spaces, offices and co-working spaces, a café, a bookstore, a fitness centre, a restaurant, twenty-two apartments and an underground automated public carpark, but it is not the acrobatic mixing of uses that defines this project; its ultimate achievement is in ‘discovering’ its own site. Contrary to most city blocks in Copenhagen – often introverted and inaccessible – the building absorbs the city’s life. The urban routes through the building lead to unexpected and unpredictable interactions between the building and the city, linking the different museums, libraries and historical sites around the culturally rich Slotsholmen area.