The six UN organizations that are located in Denmark will now gather in one place, UN City. The new building is part of an urban development on Marmormolen in Copenhagen’s North Harbour, which will also include commercial, residential and park areas. Orbicon is the main consultant at the new headquarters with 3XN as architectural consultant, Schønherr as landscape architect, the Danish Institute of Fire Technology as fire safety consultants, together with an external acoustics consultant.
The building will be constructed in accordance with low energy class 1 building regulations and is also one of the first LEED-certified buildings in northern Europe. To achieve LEED certification a number of environmental and energy requirements must be respected, and these are achieved through a series of technological developments. These include a photovoltaic system on the roof to collect rainwater for non-drinking water within the building and a seawater air conditioning system. The building is equipped with a fully integrated Building Management System that will monitor the building's technical installations. Externally the building is fitted with sophisticated exterior solar shading. Users will be able to manage both the external shading and internal office temperature individually from their PCs.
Tight process control
Orbicon has been involved from the early planning of the building, and tendered for the project as a fully-fledged turnkey project. The tight timetable for the project requires enormous cooperation between all parties involved. Orbicon is working closely with turnkey contractor E. Pihl & Son, to ensure the coordination of work between client, tenants, users and contractors.
Stage I is expected to be ready for occupancy in December 2012. Phase II is expected to put into service by the end of 2013.