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Royal Arena

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Hannemanns Allé 18-20


RealDania & Municipality of Copenhagen


  • Kim Herforth Nielsen
  • Jan Ammundsen
  • Gry Kjær


  • Other: HKS
  • Landscape Architect: Planit-IE
  • Structural Engineer: Arup

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376,740 sq. meters



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Project Description

The new Royal Arena will attract thousands of people to Copenhagen and contribute to the overall economy. It must function as a flexible venue offering spectators a world-class experience. Moreover, a building of this size affects the community around it, so the design needs to include features that add value to the surrounding neighborhood.

Central to the design is a podium linking to the adjoining neighborhood. This feature is designed to effectively absorb the movement of spectators through a variety of small plazas, pockets and gathering areas that have been carved from the podium’s perimeter. It simultaneously encourages the community to embrace the variety of public spaces, staircase and adjacencies, which promote activity and liveliness when the building is not in use.

The wave-like semi-transparent facade that seemingly ‘dances’ above the surrounding podium allows people on the outside to enjoy glimpses of the activities within. The wavelike movements lift up slightly above the natural entry points of the Arena making way-finding easy and logical. The fins comprising the facade add warmth and texture to the building, giving the Arena a light and elegant expression.

Royal Arena will have a maximum capacity 16,000 people, depending on the type of event.

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