Project references


  • Full-service consultant and architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen
  • Landscape architect: SLA Landskabsarkitekter
  • Client: Nykredit
  • Stone supplier: E. Nielsen Mekaniske Stenhuggeri

The Crystal

Danske Nykredit’s new signature building in Copenhagen is a consistently environmentally aware and forward-looking building which embodies a responsible approach to materials and resources.

The building’s oblique lines create a connection between the low-rise historical buildings in the Glyptotek Quarter and the neighbouring Glass Cube. It’s location between the city and the port also provided inspiration for the building’s design, which makes it appear as if it were floating.

The stone-paved open area surrounding the building features a large fountain and 2,000 computer-controlled water jets that are activated in a continuously-changing pattern. The square’s stone paving continues into the building’s entrance lobby, creating a link between the outside and the inside and with the square being conceived as a whole entity.