Ørestad – a modernist plan with future-oriented solutions

The Ørestad urban district was planned back in the early 1990s when Copenhagen was experiencing a much-needed turnaround to encourage families and business stay in the city instead of moving out to the suburbs. After nearly 30 years, that mission has now been accomplished.

Ørestad is an interesting area because it has also served as a kind of urban develop testing grounds. Modernist thinking combined with rockstar architects resulted in a large, iconic and powerful school, office buildings and cultural institutions.

In Ørestad you will find some of the most talked-about and Instagrammed buildings in Scandinavia. Discover how these contemporary buildings also reflect Denmark’s cultural values, like designing with nature and sharing common spaces.

Divided up into several neighborhoods and connected by the beating pulse of the metro line, Ørestad is still a work in progress. Here, you will find family housing, public schools, the headquarters of several companies, iconic buildings like the 8 House by BIG, the concert hall by Jean Nouvel and several buildings by Lendager Group, one of Denmark’s most progressive architect firms within the field of sustainability and the circular transition.


  • A modernist urban plan containing pros and cons 
  • Collective transport as a central structure 
  • A hotbed of iconic buildings 
  • Area used as testing ground in the 2000s 
  • Several new public schools founded on ongoing research within the field of pedagogy 
  • Examples of different types of housing – row houses, apartments, student housing, conceptualized housing designs and more 
  • Major cultural institutions like the Concert Hall, Royal Arena and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation 
Photo by: Thomas Rousing
July 3 2023, 15:30 – 18:30
July 4 2023, 15:30 – 18:30
July 5 2023, 15:30 – 18:30
July 6 2023, 14:30 - 17:30


Bella Center


Metro and walk


BLOX (City Center)


47 EUR



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