Unusual new church design in Copenhagen revealed

Lucie Rychla
November 4th, 2016

This article is more than 7 years old.

Worship in the future: building will serve both religious and recreational purposes

The new church has an upward spiralling ramp where people can walk (all photos: JAJA Architects)

The Danish firm JAJA Architects has won a competition to design a new church in Sydhavn – the first new church in Copenhagen since 1989.


The design was selected from 114 proposals. The jury especially appreciated its outwards focus that invites people to enjoy the place not only for religious but also recreational activities.


READ MORE: Copenhagen to get its first new church for decades

The building is designed as an upward-moving spiral walkway of ramps that allow visitors to ascend to the top and enjoy a view over the harbour.

The spiral colonnade along the façade will include terraces with water basins and water gardens, providing an ideal space for relaxation and introspection.


The church will be located in the Teglholmen harbour area and is expected to be finished in June 2019.


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