In a former B&W-storage room, you’ll find the banquet facilities of Aamanns, a 200-person venue characterised by its raw concrete floors and open view of the chefs’ delicious work. As a social hub where seasonal ingredients, tastiness and community-feeling are essential, the location can be used for all sorts of personalised events—from weddings and receptions to product launches and company parties. Aamanns also runs several other excellent establishments around Copenhagen.
Behind a massive 13-foot-tall bronze door, Alchemist’s Head Chef Rasmus Munk is creating the future of fine dining. Serving 50 courses per sitting, Munk introduces an extrasensory experience they call ‘holistic cuisine’. Alchemist will have four kitchens, 30 cooks, seven dining spaces, and eating there will take from three to five hours. Sounds otherworldly? Maybe. But as Munk puts it: “We want to create magic at Alchemist. And I mean, who hasn’t dreamt of pulling a rabbit out of a hat during dinner?”
Amass is the first establishment by Noma’s former head chef Matthew Orlando, set in a loft-style restaurant with a clear harbour view. At Amass, you’ll be served contemporary cuisine sourced from local farms and regional purveyors as well as the 600m2 garden situated directly in front of the dining room.
Photo: Mikkel Heriba
The menu is comprised of dishes driven and inspired by what the farmers and purveyors offer on a daily basis, as well as the conviction to serve delicious food in a responsible way.
BARBARA I GONGINI is a Nordic brand established in the field of international luxury avantgarde fashion design. The core of the BARBARA I GONGINI-DNA is centred on strengthening the individual rather than sex, sexual orientation, societal order or other normative pressures. They celebrate a playful, imaginative tale of craftsmanship that breathes freedom of self-expression.
BARBARA I GONGINI
Refshalevej 163A, 2nd floor
(+45) 70 21 21 40
Barkas is a creative agency collaborating with a select portfolio of international clients, helping them to continually challenge and design their brand and business. Based on a strong design foundation, Barkas has grown into a creative agency consisting of people from all over the world, combining analytical mindsets and artistic skills. Apart from the agency, Barkas also runs several Deli shops around Copenhagen.
We have quite a few unorthodox buildings on our island, so imagination and unconventional thinking is a must when using them—and that’s precisely what Blocs & Walls have done. Collaborating with architects and climbing manufacturers, they transformed an old B&W-building into a beautiful mecca for climbers.
On a mission to transform how cities work for and with people, CPH Village designs co-living villages with container-based, transportable housing solutions. The goal is to solve homelessness among students, and their first village opened in the summer of 2018 at Refshaleøen. Already 164 students are enjoying one of the most magnificent views of Copenhagen.
Coast is an architectural research and photography studio based in The Loft. By operating in the temporary territories between land and sea, Coast explores the built environment and the entanglement of society and nature.
Located in the old welding hall, Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) is Copenhagen’s newest art center. By utilising the massive scale of the 7,000m2 industrial halls, they’re exploring new territory for contemporary art in terms of scale, format, interactive installation art, performance art and video art. Even though CC only opened in the spring of 2018, they’re already breaking waves in the international art landscape.
Now celebrating the 16th anniversary of creating messy and memorable experiences, Copenhagen Paintball Arena was one of the first to inhabit Refshaleøen in 2003. Putting socialising and team-building front and centre, participants will encounter laser games, paintball, skeet shooting, human football and much more.
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Copenhagen Photo Festival is an annual event taking place in June with a vision to strengthen the consideration of photography as a form of artistic expression. For eleven days, photography is put on the agenda with exhibitions, workshops, seminars, photo tours, portfolio reviews and much more. The festival co-operates with galleries, museums and cultural institutions around Copenhagen and southern Sweden.
Currently the biggest rock and metal festival in Denmark, Copenhell was one of the first projects to engage with the industrial surroundings of Refshaleøen. Besides presenting groundbreaking rock artists from all over the world, they also offer loads of entertainment, evil art, demonic hangouts and twisted metal throughout the festival site. The crowd are broadly celebrated as some of the most friendly and good-natured music fans out there.
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Distortion has grown into one of the biggest festivals in Denmark, and is becoming increasingly respected for its outsider, DIY-based approach. Every year they present Distortion Ø: a massive open-air party running two days at Refshaleøen where the audience can experience groovy new international live acts and DJs till the early morning.
Emma Ekstam is a Danish illustrator and painter located in the creative community at The Loft. Her works intersect motives from European medieval imagery and nature with a slight touch of discomfort and absurdity.
Some say that spirits are the next frontier for New-Nordic gastronomy. If that’s the case, Empirical Spirits are indeed pioneers; they’re leading an investigation into brewing and distilling, looking at flavours, traditions, technologies and techniques. Empirical Spirits are shaking things up in the spirit industry by asking questions like why can’t spirits be seasonal, as food can, or have vintages, as wine does?
A festival for a good cause. Engage Festival is an annual music festival presenting well-known Danish artists. Established by the Danish Foundation for war veterans, Engage strives to support Danish veterans and their relatives by creating a platform for positivity and community around veteran affairs.
Excellent coffee is at the heart of everything Factory Roast Lab does. Gathering a coffee-centric community around their pride—a fully equipped 15K Loring coffee roaster—amateurs and professionals alike can dive deep into the world of beans and flavours.
In various places around Refshaleøen you’ll notice small and gorgeous transitional shelters called Kolonien. Created by architect Jane Ostermann-Petersen, the shelters are flexible and resilient structures that can adapt to particular needs. Easily assembled and just as easily dismantled, Kolonien can be packed down by just three people to pop up in ever-changing locations.
Change requires creativity to imagine the new. KreaTherapy provides a safe space for individuals to awaken their creative side and support the liberation of full potential to create wishful change. Creative therapy provides you with the opportunity to discover inner and outer resources that may have remained unconscious until now.
La Banchina is a 16-seat café, restaurant and wine bar with an on-site sauna and an extraordinary view of the Copenhagen Harbour. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on vegetables and everything the sea can provide, along with a decent selection of natural wines and a chance to exhale by the water. La Banchina is a worthy trip for those who know, and an everyday favourite for us at Refshaleøen.
Every district needs a local bakery, and we’re pretty excited about ours. Buying a loaf of bread at Lille (Danish for little) is so much more than what you’ll find at your usual baker. By bridging high-quality local produce with exceptional craftsmanship, you’ll get great tasting baked goods in environmental harmony. They also do small dishes for lunch every day and great dinners every once in a while.
Highlighted by The New York Times as ‘the Food World’s Most Game-Changing Festival’, MAD Symposium gathers top chefs from all over the world. During the two-days of norm-challenging discussions, they explore the things that matter most in food. Themes on the agenda include sustainable agriculture, social entrepreneurship, science, health, and creativity discussed by the likes of René Redzepi, Ferran Adrìa, Jay Fai, David Chang, Angela Dimagyua, Diana Kennedy, and Vandana Shiva.
Metropolis creates artistic experiences all over Copenhagen with the objective of enabling art and artists to influence future urban life. Established by Københavns Internationale Teater, the artistic platform Metropolis presents a yearly summer season of international performing arts in urban space.
Until quite recently Denmark didn’t have a great tradition for microbreweries and experimental beers, but the world-renowned brews of Mikkeller have certainly changed that. Located right by the harbour front, the Mikkeller offspring Baghaven lets you flush down a varied range of ales and saisons. Also, the industrial structure is one of the most sun-soaked spots on our island.
Morph is a visual community challenging the way businesses usually establish artistic collaborations. With a declared ambition of ‘hacking commercial platforms through collaborations with conscious brands and providing access to a broad network of subcultural influencers’, they develop and produce branded/commissioned film, video, VR and still images across formats and platforms.
MoveCopenhagen rethinks what it means to move. By playing, exploring, inspiring and (of course) moving they reconstruct the very idea of movement to create better lives by inspiring people to move more and in new ways. At Move, you’ll be dancing and yoga-ing as well as trying out parkour and slacklining.
Refshalevej 163A 2. sal
Every year Nordic Race establishes a 5-kilometre obstacle course for athletes and amateurs of all ages. Refshaleøen sets the scene of the race that includes forcing containers, climbing robes, swimming in the harbour and lifting all kinds of heavy equipment, thus challenging the participants’ strength, technique and speed.
Founded by partners Laust Sørensen and Michael Droob, POINT creates poetic architecture that contributes positively to society and quality of life, while maintaining a consistently high level of performance and integrity. At POINT, architecture is only successful when it’s relevant for the human.
When Reffen (formerly known as Copenhagen Street Food) opened in 2018 it immediately became one of the most beloved activities on our island. It’s arguably the most visited Street Food Market in Denmark, offering culinary experiences from all around the world, while also engaging with inventive concepts within design and fashion. Going there in the summer you’ll experience dancing, DJs, sports, parties and much more while enjoying your favourite cuisine.
Refshalevej 185 is a hangar structure transformed into a raw event space in a withdrawn location. Located next to a small forest-like area, the space serves as an inspirational platform for cultural projects in Copenhagen with a positive output, and even hosts a bonfire in the courtyard for those long summer evenings.
Simple Feast is on a mission to change our current food system through healthy, organic and sustainable dinner solutions with vegetarian and vegan food at heart. By delivering your dinner directly to the front door, they’re also making it remarkably simple to be both healthy and sustainable.
The Loft is an art community for professional creatives, a location for photo and film shoots and a spot for seminars, conferences and events. With 20 studios shared among 58 creatives, it’s a place where commercial, artistic and innovative forces meet and interact, but also a place for the media to find inspiration and experience contemporary Danish art, culture and urban development.
Located just behind Reffen, skaters, BMX-riders and rollerskaters of all ages enjoy the skate spot at Minefield. Every year when the international pro-skating elite gathers at the infamous CPH Open in Copenhagen, our skatepark becomes one of their prime destinations.
Snowglobe is a film production company by producers Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors & Eva Jakobsen. With its wide international roots and particularly strong affiliation with Latin America, Snowglobe creates feature films across borders. Among their works is The Untamed (La Region Salvaje) by Amat Escalante and Brakland by Martin Skovbjerg.
Refshalevej 157A, stuen
Steen Brogaard is a portrait photographer capturing the world with all of its injustices, absurdities and deafening beauty. Based at Pavillionen, he spends his time photographing actors, artists, politicians and royals under the working title, Tales Through Photography.
On the tip of our island, you’ll find Teaterøen (The Theatre Island): home to both experimental and broad excursions of the performing arts. With a strong emphasis on co-creation and diversity, the program varies from innovative, challenging shows to more accessible formats.
An endless desire to test limits is in the DNA of Urban Ranger Camp. As a haven for daredevils and adrenaline-junkies, you can try the world’s highest indoor High Roping at 50 meters height with four tracks and a total of 28 obstacles. At the Team Challenge department various team building activities from climbing, rappelling and free fall are available.
The Urban Rigger prototype is floating just behind Amass at Refshaleøen, showcasing how smart thinking and design can lead to creative ways of solving housing challenges. The LEGO-inspired turquoise container modules are transportable and can be situated throughout the harbour. In other words, Urban Rigger is leveraging unused spaces to create housing while also providing the ability to connect more containers and create modular floating villages.
Feel like eating your way through Refshaleøen? We’ve gathered a guide of small eateries, fine dining restaurants and hidden gems to satisfy the appetites of curious souls who don’t settle for an average meal. And the best thing: transport is no issue as they’re all located within a five-minute walk.
Breakfast From Wednesday to Sunday Lille Bakery welcomes guests to their cosy space with the distinct scent of freshly baked goods. When going there the organic sourdough bread is an absolute must. Spice that up with some yoghurt and a filter coffee, and you’re ready to take on the rest of the day.
Coffee Just a quick walk from Lille Bakery you’ll find La Banchina. With direct access to the water and an on-site sauna, you can cool down during the summer and heat up in colder seasons. No matter your purpose it’s an excellent spot for a coffee while enjoying a great view of the Copenhagen harbour.
Broaden & Build
Lunch Broaden & Build is an ingredient-focused brewery, casual restaurant and bar. Created by the minds behind the highly praised Amass restaurant it’s a newcomer at Refshaleøen, and there you’ll get wonderful small dishes that blend perfectly with a wide variety of experimental brews. Lunch is served…
Afternoon drinks Feel like another one? Well, you don’t have to go far. The uncrowned Danish king of microbrewing, Mikkeller greets you to their Refshaleøen site called Baghaven—a sun-soaked spot where you can enjoy beers on draft as well as bottles to go.
Dinner ‘Expect the unexpected’ might be an overused cliché, but in the case of Alchemist, the phrase certainly hits the spot. By bridging art and theatre with an ever-surprising gastronomic universe, head chef Rasmus Munk is exploring new territory for a multisensory fine dining experience. With 50 courses, seven dining spaces, and ethically-fuelled servings prepared by 30 cooks, it’s hard to imagine that eating at Alchemist can be anything less than mind-blowing.
1. Urban Ranger Camp
2. Skabelonloftet/The Loft
3. CPH Village
5. Urban Rigger
The architecture of Refshaleøen
The architecture of Refshaleøen offers a glimpse of both the past, the present and the future of Copenhagen. Monumental buildings from its industrial heritage are being repurposed for new activities, while at the same time groundbreaking architectural ideas are challenging established norms of modern design. Below we’ve gathered a guide of current architectural highlights from Refshaleøen.
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What the S-1-building lacks in design details it certainly makes up for by virtue of scale and historical importance. With more than 50 meters from ground to ceiling, it’s indeed a unique building on the Copenhagen horizon. Together with the S-2—its ‘little brother’ located just next door—the buildings were cornerstones in the operations of the now-defunct shipyard B&W when creating industrial ships and diesel engines.
Photo: Urban Ranger Camp
The Loft is 80 years old, located on top of the former Burmeister & Wain shipyard. The 1400 m2 space detailed by a beautiful patination of decay has been repurposed as an art community for professional creatives throughout 20 different studios. It’s also often used as a charming location for photo- and film shoots, taking advantage of the stunning contrast of natural light and industrial structure. The space isn’t open for visitors but both the exterior and the yard is a looks great on a photo and even better in real life.
CPH Village is developing modern, mobile and sustainable container-based villages on unused land. Their first village on Refshaleøen already holds 164 rooms in shipping containers turned into apartments and flexible shared living spaces. When areas now being used by CPH Village is undergoing further progress, the mobile villages can be transported to other frontiers of the city.
Photo: CPH Village
Kolonien by Jane Ostermann-Petersen
‘Kolonien’ are small and gorgeous shelters created by Danish architect Jane Ostermann-Petersen with a dream of making the small beautiful. The shelters are flexible and resilient structures that can adapt to all sorts of particular needs and placements—from rooftops to beaches. Quickly and easily assembled and just as easily dismantled, Kolonien can be packed down by only three people to pop up in ever-changing locations.
Urban Rigger’s prototype is floating in the harbour just behind Amass. The turquoise containers were created together with Bjarke Ingels Group, designed as a low-cost modular housing system that can be altered and replicated to generate new living opportunities in increasingly populated cities. By leveraging unused space in the harbour, the project holds the potential to change the face of our cities while addressing one of the most pressing urban challenges: homelessness among young people and students.