Is the tallest house in Western Europe soon to be in Denmark?
The Danes want to go high. Literally. A 7000-inhabitant village in the Danish Jutland could soon get the tallest building in Western Europe. The clothing company Bestseller is planning a 320-meter-high house in the middle of the heath there. A house that towers up to the clouds, says the draft. But how realistic are the plans really?
The fight for the tallest buildings
Towers and skyscrapers are popular landmarks and attractions all over the world – for tourists and locals. No wonder the world has always been in a constant competition for the tallest building in the world. While for a long time the 157.38 meter high Cologne Cathedral, which started in 1248, was the title, for more than ten years the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has topped the list of the tallest buildings at 828 meters now. But even that could soon be history: The Jeddah Tower in the Saudi Arabian Jeddah to be the first house, which is more than a kilometer high. The megalomania of international architects now seems to have fallen victim to the Danes. Although the expansion course with a 320-meter building seems comparably modest, the Danish village Brande is actually supposed to be home of the tallest house in Western Europe. Higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris; higher than the TV tower in Berlin; higher than the London skyscraper “The Shard”, which was at 310 meters known as the highest European building outside Russia.
❞ The megalomania of international architects now seems to have fallen victim to the Danes. ❝
Expansion course in Denmark
Just under a year and a half after the Danish textile manufacturer Bestseller published the plans for the skyscraper, the city council gave its green light in the spring of 2019. The first course for the project is thus set. But who is behind the daring concept? Bestseller is the largest Danish clothing company owned by Anders Holch Povlsen’s family. Povlsen is something like the Danish Jeff Bezos. The textile entrepreneur’s fortune, according to Forbes, is just under six billion dollars. The design of the building was created by the Danish star architect Dorte Mandrup. Sounds quite promising. Apparently, the residents of Brande seem to see it that way, because contrary to expectations, there was hardly any resistance to the project in the town.
In Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, the plan also arouses admiration: Peter Thule Kristensen, the dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Culture at the Copenhagen College of Arts, told the Danish newspaper Politiken about a radical project that calls for innovative and future-oriented way of thinking. And he’s right. The project is innovative either way: In addition to the skyscraper, four more towers of 75 and 40 meters in height are to be built, in which offices, apartments, a hotel, a shopping center will be built. This would give Brande not only the tallest house in Western Europe, but also a brand new 120,000 square meter district. Whether it actually comes to this, remains open. The project manager Anders Krogh calls for patience so far, because until the start of construction years could pass under certain circumstances. So we have to be patient for a bit longer, if the Danish high-altitude flight is still going on.
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