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Press kit - Press release - The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects

The Maersk Tower

København, Denmark

C.F. Møller Architects

Extension of the Panum complex at the University of Copenhagen


København, Denmark, 2018-01-16 -

The Maersk Tower is a state-of-the-art research building whose innovative architecture creates the optimum framework for world-class health research and stands out as a landmark in Copenhagen, while also contributing to developing the local area.


The Maersk Tower is an extension of Panum, the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and includes both research and educational facilities, as well as a conference center with auditoriums and meeting rooms, which are connected to the latest technology.


To create architecture for world-class health research, it is important to design a venue with many opportunities to meet—both across different professional groups and across the public domain and the research community. This will help to disseminate the research activities, leading to knowledge sharing and inspiration for new and groundbreaking research. 


Designing the building as a tower leaves space for a green urban campus park, which is publicly accessible, and hereby incorporates and develops the surrounding urban quarter. The “floating path” leads pedestrians and cyclists across parts of the Maersk Tower, where the public has the opportunity to get up very close to the building and researchers, while also creating a new connection between Nørre Allé and Blegdamsvej.


The Maersk Tower rests on a low base that contains all of the shared facilities. The base is open to the general public, and its transparent glass façade invites close and open dialogue with the green surroundings.

The research facilities, with innovative and modern laboratories, are located in the Tower itself. On each story, the different functions are conjoined in an effective loop, which reduces distances and strengthens cooperation opportunities.


The Maersk Tower is bound together both horizontally and vertically by an open atrium, in which a continuous sculptural spiral staircase both visually and physically connects the 15 floors. Close to the staircase on each floor there is an open and inviting “Science Plaza”, which serves as a natural meeting place and communal space for the many employees. Incisions in the façade’s copper shutters reveal the spiral staircase and research squares from the outside, which, together with the open base, ensures visibility for the activities in the Tower.


The Maersk Tower’s façade is divided into a grid structure of story-high copper-covered shutters. The shutters serve as a climate shield, which adjusts as required to protect from direct sunlight and overheating. The shutters also give the façade a deep relief effect and reduce the tower’s large-scale appearance.


The Maersk Tower has Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories, where waste energy is reused to an extent never seen before. Combined with the façade’s climate shields, this makes the building a pioneer within energy-efficient laboratory construction.


Address: Nørre Campus, Blegdamsvej, Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: The Danish Property Agency for the University of Copenhagen; supported by the A.P. Møller Foundation

Architect: C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape architect: SLA

Engineer: Rambøll

Collaboraters: aggebo&henriksen, Cenergia, Gordon Farquharson, Innovation Lab

Size: 42,700 m(24,700m² laboratories, offices and shared facilities and 18,000 m² foyer, canteen, auditoria, classrooms, plant)

Year: 2010–2017

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Media contact
  • C.F, Møller Architects
  • Peter Sikker Rasmussen, Head of Communications
  • psrcfmoller.com
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The copper coating of the façade indelibly references Copenhagen's many copper church steeples, which, together with the Maersk Tower poke up amidst the homogeneous cityscape. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The copper coating of the façade indelibly references Copenhagen's many copper church steeples, which, together with the Maersk Tower poke up amidst the homogeneous cityscape.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - By selecting a tower typology, there is greater allowance for a green and urban campus park, which is open to everyone and therefore involves and develops the surrounding neighbourhood. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
By selecting a tower typology, there is greater allowance for a green and urban campus park, which is open to everyone and therefore involves and develops the surrounding neighbourhood.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - With its triangular and organic form, The Maersk Tower reacts to the urban context, appearing slimmer from key viewpoints.  - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
With its triangular and organic form, The Maersk Tower reacts to the urban context, appearing slimmer from key viewpoints.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The copper-covered shutters of the façade function as movable climate shields, which, depending on weather conditions, automatically opens or closes, ensuring a comfortable indoor climate. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The copper-covered shutters of the façade function as movable climate shields, which, depending on weather conditions, automatically opens or closes, ensuring a comfortable indoor climate.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - A unique element of the new Campus Park is the zigzagging 'floating path' that leads pedestrians and cyclists across parts of the Maersk tower. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
A unique element of the new Campus Park is the zigzagging 'floating path' that leads pedestrians and cyclists across parts of the Maersk tower.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The Maersk Tower is a state-of-the-art research building whose innovative architecture creates the optimum framework for world-class health research. - Photo credit:   BYGST and Dragør Luftfoto
The Maersk Tower is a state-of-the-art research building whose innovative architecture creates the optimum framework for world-class health research.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - A continuous sculptural spiral staircase visually and physically connects the open fifteen floor atrium, creating an extensive three-dimensional sense of space. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
A continuous sculptural spiral staircase visually and physically connects the open fifteen floor atrium, creating an extensive three-dimensional sense of space.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - In the base you find the shared canteen where the transparent façade allows the interior of the building to blend in with the external green landscape. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
In the base you find the shared canteen where the transparent façade allows the interior of the building to blend in with the external green landscape.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The base of the tower forms an open and dynamic gathering place where researchers, students and guests meet and cross paths while heading to and from their activities. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The base of the tower forms an open and dynamic gathering place where researchers, students and guests meet and cross paths while heading to and from their activities.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The Maersk Tower is designed as a venue which encourages many opportunities for coming together, transcending different disciplines, from the general public to the research community. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The Maersk Tower is designed as a venue which encourages many opportunities for coming together, transcending different disciplines, from the general public to the research community.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The entrance staircase stands like a piece of furniture in the room, with its warm wooden surface inviting you to pause on the elevated seating steps. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The entrance staircase stands like a piece of furniture in the room, with its warm wooden surface inviting you to pause on the elevated seating steps.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The research facilities include innovative and modern laboratories with plug-and-play functions that ensures both scientific innovation and flexibility. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The research facilities include innovative and modern laboratories with plug-and-play functions that ensures both scientific innovation and flexibility.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - From the top of the tower you will find a spectacular and inspiring view of Copenhagen’s cityscape. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
From the top of the tower you will find a spectacular and inspiring view of Copenhagen’s cityscape.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The Maersk Tower has a conference centre with auditoriums of which the largest has the capacity of 500 spectators. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The Maersk Tower has a conference centre with auditoriums of which the largest has the capacity of 500 spectators.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The tower rests on a low star-shaped base that reaches out into the landscape towards the city. With its transparent façade, the entire base appears open and welcoming. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The tower rests on a low star-shaped base that reaches out into the landscape towards the city. With its transparent façade, the entire base appears open and welcoming.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The Maersk Tower is a landmark in Copenhagen and at the same time it is strongly connected to the immediate neighbourhood. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The Maersk Tower is a landmark in Copenhagen and at the same time it is strongly connected to the immediate neighbourhood.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The square in front of The Maersk Tower is designed to cope with future climate change. Excess water seeps down between the tiles, where it is collected in a large reservoir. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The square in front of The Maersk Tower is designed to cope with future climate change. Excess water seeps down between the tiles, where it is collected in a large reservoir.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - With its easily identifiable and dynamically curved shape, the 15 storey research tower stands as a sculptural linchpin for the University's Faculty of Health Sciences. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
With its easily identifiable and dynamically curved shape, the 15 storey research tower stands as a sculptural linchpin for the University's Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - The green rooftops can absorb extreme downpours. The surplus rain water is used for example for the irrigation of the park and to flush the toilets in the building. - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
The green rooftops can absorb extreme downpours. The surplus rain water is used for example for the irrigation of the park and to flush the toilets in the building.
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Press kit | 1379-01 - Press release | The Maersk Tower - C.F. Møller Architects - Institutional Architecture - A large vertical shard of glass in the copper shutters of the façade, makes the spiral staircase visible externally and ensures visibility in relation to the activities of the tower as well as a spectacular and inspiring view over Copenhagen.  - Photo credit:   Adam Mørk
A large vertical shard of glass in the copper shutters of the façade, makes the spiral staircase visible externally and ensures visibility in relation to the activities of the tower as well as a spectacular and inspiring view over Copenhagen.
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