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Adventure tower hits turbulence in planning committee

A project including what was slated to be the highest tower in the Øresund region may now never come to fruition

Nordhavn’s skyline may be changing rapidly, but it probably won’t include an iconic skyscraper (photo: Lars Plougmann/flickr)
May 14th, 2019 9:12 am| by Stephen Gadd

Yesterday, a majority on Copenhagen Municipality’s technical and environmental committee gave the thumbs down to a request to set things in motion for a local plan to allow a 280 metre-high tower in Nordhavn.

In December 2018, the HC Andersen Adventure Tower Consortium reached an agreement with By & Havn, the body in charge of overseeing the development in Nordhavn, to purchase land for a major project designed by the Bjarke Ingels-led architects BIG.

The agreement was conditional on the municipality starting the planning process in 2019 and a local plan being adopted in 2021, allowing the project to be ready when the Nordhavn tunnel opens in 2027.

As well as the mega tower, the project was to have included shops, flats, offices, hotel rooms, an observatory and a Hans Christian Andersen-theme park.

Roll over Rhodes
The committee argued the tower “should not stand like a colossus in Copenhagen so that everyone, wherever they are, could see it and live in its shadow”.

The tower would have been almost seven times higher than Copenhagen’s Round Tower and almost as high as the Eiffel Tower.

As well as aesthetic grounds, the committee stated that the tower would cause significant problems with wind turbulence in the area.