Two of Denmark’s top companies, BIG and Tivoli, are partnering for a huge project at Copenhagen’s iconic amusement park, located in the center of the Danish capital. The H. C. Andersen Hotel project includes an 18-story addition to the 1893 Tivoli Castle, continuing Tivoli’s tradition of balancing its old-world charm with visionary architecture. Both parties are striving for the development of a sustainable project.
At the Nimb Hotel in Tivoli, Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst and BIG Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels (photo top of page) revealed plans for the H. C. Andersen Hotel, to be situated inside Tivoli Gardens amusement park, facing Copenhagen City Hall. The project consists of refurbishing and re-purposing the 1893 Tivoli Castle, renovating the 1883 Panorama Pavilion and building a new 18-story pagoda. The H. C. Andersen Hotel is named after Danish Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Bjarke Ingels explains: “Tivoli is a unique oasis of lush gardens and whimsical architecture in the center of Copenhagen. A truly cosmopolitan neighborhood in the heart of the Danish capital, Tivoli’s cultural and bio-diversity is unlike any other place in Copenhagen. With a renovation of the 1893 Tivoli Castle and the addition of a new building, we have attempted to capture and accentuate the character of the existing castle, creating a new typology inspired by Tivoli’s archetypical architecture. A hybrid between the garden’s pagodas, pavilions and towers, our proposal builds a bridge between the city’s history and present – the nearby Rundetårn and Axel Towers – as well as the city’s archive of unrealized dreams. Past, present and fantasy unified in the heart of Copenhagen. “
Tivoli’s new pagoda, like Tivoli itself, will be covered in lush gardens and greenery. It will have a sustainable profile to the highest standard in keeping with Tivoli’s tradition of buying green energy and generating as small an environmental footprint as possible.
Founded in 1843, Tivoli is a historic site as well as modern attraction and experience brand. The continued development is the key to the success of the iconic amusement park, explains CEO Lars Liebst: “Only through projects such as this can Tivoli stay relevant for future visitors. It has been proven time and time again, that depending on Tivoli’s historic charm is not enough. Change is in Tivoli’s DNA, it is our heritage, and Tivoli has always hired the best architects to make sure that new additions will stand the test of time, because we are building for the future.”
In addition to the H. C. Andersen Hotel project, Tivoli together with Gehl CEO Birgitte Bundesen Svarre presented an idea to turn the busy Vesterbrogade into an urban park. Acclaimed urban design and city planners Gehl have designed a 10,400 sqm recreational space for only pedestrian and cyclist traffic in front of Tivoli and adjoining Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. The urban park will serve as a buffer area for big events in City Hall Square and in Tivoli and will strengthen Copenhagen’s green profile as one of the world’s most livable cities.
The presentation was the first time both projects were shown in public. The next step is to make the final proposals for the projects and subject the proposals to the municipality. There will also be a period for public hearings, and an opening date will be announced in the future.