Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

New York, NY


Tivoli Kanten | Tivoli Edge

The design of the new Tivoli Edge is based on the conviction that the extraordinary natural landscape and evocative atmosphere of Tivoli can and should be part of the everyday life of Copenhagen, and similarly, that by enhancing the magic of Tivoli’s interior, this initiative will both preserve and enrich the experience of visiting the Garden.

The extensive frontage on Bernstorffsgade calls for an approach that is both varied and integrated, one that makes a suitable enclosure for the Gardens while hinting at the delights within. On the street side, an undulating glass wall provides a memorable experience for passersby. The transparency of the glass allows the animation and spirit of Tivoli to be palpable, and green roofs extend the presence of the garden to the street edge. The new building’s modest scale—in keeping with that of the nineteenth-century entry pavilion, Nimb, and the historic city—preserves the dominance of spires on the city skyline as well as that of Tivoli’s own vertical structures. On the garden side, the building extends Tivoli’s natural environmental features though a series of curvilinear terraces accommodating outdoor dining and recreation and culminating in a landscaped roof.

A combination of retail, dining and hotel uses takes advantage of the site’s unique location, continuing the rich tradition of superimposed activities and amenities for which Tivoli is famous.

The ready availability of digital technologies has made the varied surface of the enveloping glass wall possible. This high-performance glazed skin provides solar shading as well as insulation for the interior. On the garden side, the use of terracotta in conjunction with glass recalls the Copenhagen tradition of warm-hued, clay-based masonry as well as the timber shipbuilding heritage of the historic city.

In the singular blend of nature and culture that Tivoli embodies, landscape predominates. The new building honors this tradition by granting primacy to space and light, nurturing the atmosphere of leisurely contemplation in combination with lively activities that is the garden’s hallmark. Similarly, through its intimate scale, the new building aligns itself with the historic city, while in its varied form, it embodies the spirit of eventfulness, variety, and adventure that characterize Tivoli’s storied tradition.

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Status: Built
Location: Copenhagen
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners