C.F. møller: opera house pavilion
C.F. møller: opera house pavilion C.F. møller: opera house pavilion
oct 10, 2011

C.F. møller: opera house pavilion

‘opera house pavilion’ by C.F. møller architects in copenhagen, denmark all images courtesy C.F. møller architects image © julian weyer

scandinavian firm C.F. møller architects has completed ‘opera house pavilion’, a small shelter by the water bus quay in copenhagen, denmark. placed next to the henning larsen-designed national opera house, the small design draws from the semicircle shape of the existing jetty to form a simple pavilion that offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding site.

site image © julian weyer

capable of accommodating up to 200 people, the shelter consists of two strips of copper that circumscribe the layout. a glazed surface runs between the pair, establishing a transparent facade for the interior. the copper roof features an asymmetrically-positioned skylight which lends the fifth facade – which can be observed from the opera house’s foyer – a level of lightness and character. chosen for its aging quality, the look of the copper will evolve with time in addition to staying resistant to the elements of the harbour.

view from water image © julian weyer

a bridge which touches the pier provides access to the circular pavilion which can serve two water busses at the same time. the interior has been finished with wooden surfaces: oak floors and ceilings geometrically mark the surfaces while a curvilinear bench wraps around the floor, providing seating for those who are waiting. at night, artificial lighting will lend the pavilion a festive and welcoming atmosphere on the harbour.

exterior view image © julian weyer

interior image © julian weyer

skylight image © julian weyer

in use image © julian weyer

bench detail image © julian weyer

at night image © julian weyer

image © julian weyer

image © julian weyer

image © julian weyer

image © julian weyer

site plan

floor plan



project info:

client: the a.p. møller and chastine mc-kinney møller foundation engineer: alectia a/s contractor: HSM industri, grenaa size: 110 m2

  • It’s very nice to see big architects doing small projects like this once in a while.

    bennyd says:
  • Hübsch!
    And the roof of the opera house looks like Jean Nouvel’s KKL in Luzern ([url=http://www.kkl-luzern.ch/navigation/top_nav_items/KKL/dach/default.htm])

    ppr says:
  • Someone will have to tell Google to update their “earth” of the area. It shows only a small dock d;–)

    Jetwax says:

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