For the first time in its history, people will live on Christiansholm. Most of the new homes are situated on top of a series of new public halls, with views across the water and in close proximity to richly planted outdoor spaces on rooftop gardens and in city squares at street level. The rooftops act as private courtyards for the residents, with lawns, terraces and planters, similar to the internal yards of a typical Copenhagen tenement block.



There are a range of dwelling types from canal house to loft, and with a mix of small homes, affordable homes and large, multi-level apartments.

The housing is designed by award winning architecture studio, Cobe and is inspired by the warehouses and tall gables of Christianshavn. The roofs differ in height, adding a new and varied skyline to the harbour.

The first homes are due to be completed towards the end of 2023, and the last ones ready by 2024.



The facades of THE PAPER ISLAND’s new housing are inspired by the old brick storage buildings of Holmen and Christianshavn and the former warehouses of the paper works. The housing’s bricks are made in collaboration with Petersen Tegl, a family owned brick maker, famous for producing uniquely crafted bricks and tile through generations.

The coal-fired brick is rough and textured, creating a dynamic play of colour and shadow in the facade.
A light coloured mortar between the bricks matches the concrete on balconies and elsewhere in the building. Window frames, balustrades and ceilings have a rough metal finish with a dark, warm coating providing different reflections according to daylight conditions. Timber floorboards on balconies and terraces will remain strong but will weather and grey with time.

All images are draft. 


THE PAPER ISLAND is right at the spot where Copenhagen’s canal follows a slight bend in direction. Protruding into the water at this bend means that views from the island are unobstructed both to the south and north, out to sea. In view to the north are Frederiksstaden’s warehouses, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen Fort, Langelinie, The Royal Danish Opera House and Holmen. Visible to the south are The Royal Greenland Dock, The Black Diamond (The Royal Library), Christianshavn and the government buildings at Slotsholmen. On the opposite bank, The Royal Theatre is flanked by Nyhavn and Kvæsthusbroen, only a few minutes walk over the bridge.