development of the south harbour in Copenhagen

  1. new apartments to the north east of the Aalborg university buildings

  2. looking south west from the Aalborg university buildings down Teglværksløbet with Sluseholmen on the right and the Bella Hotel on Amager in the distance

  3. the bridge between the two buildings of Aalborg University campus

  4. Teglholmen from the university buildings 

  5. new apartments at Teglholmsgade

  6. apartment buildings to the east of Fisketorvet from the south

Sluseholmen at the south end of the harbour - a development of apartment buildings facing onto the wider expanses of Teglværksløbet or Sluseløbet or built along a number of canals - now looks well established but the area of Teglholmen - the large area to the north - is still very much a building site but the new buildings are going up fast. There are now schools and shops here and a well-used bus service to the city centre and the area is at the end of the line of the harbour ferry. North again is the area around HC Ørstedsværket - the power station - but there work seems still to be as much about levelling and clearing the old buildings as it is about construction. Then north again, moving inwards towards the city there are now well-established offices and apartment buildings and Fisketorvet - a large shopping centre that is old enough to now be facing imminent rebuilding and upgrading that is necessary because of the rapid development of this area.

The whole area is defined by the harbour on one side but on the other side is Vasbygade - a busy road that is far from attractive - until recently a major dock road with fairly typical industrial buildings from the post war period but it is also a main road into the city centre from the motorway.

To the north is a tangle of railway lines heading into the central station but also with marshalling yards and the interesting engineering works for the railway at Otto Busses Vej. Until recently, maybe a decade ago, this would all have been seen by polite Copenhagen as marginal land but now it is desirable and extremely valuable land for redevelopment and all less than 4 kilometres from city hall and with Fisketorvet only just a kilometre from the central train station.

There has been some criticism in the press for the new housing that is seen by some as socially divisive … taking prime sites along the water for expensive apartments and muscling in in front of the older working-class housing of Vesterbro and the housing around Mozartsvej.

Nearly all this land has been claimed from the sea in various phases since the middle of the 19th century and until recently was wharves and industrial buildings. One way to appreciate just how much land has been claimed is when you realise that the original railway line into the city from the west was on the line of what is now Sønder Boulevard and for a short distance ran along the foreshore but the street is now back almost a kilometre from the harbour.