Nine new islands outside Copenhagen are planned developed for office space and recreational activities. Urban Power, the organization in charge of the project, has unveiled its plans for nine artificial islands, named Holmene, which will be a sustainable tech hub off the coast of Hvidovre. Read more about the mind-boggling Danish artificial islands project
The new archipelago will create over 32 million square feet (3 million square meters) and 10.5 square feet of new land. The project is expected to result in 380 new businesses, 12,000 new jobs directly in biotech, pharmaceutical and life science sectors. In addition, there will hopefully be up to 30,000 new jobs indirectly. The islands will set their buildings in over 170 acres of parkland intended for a variety of recreational uses. Urban Power has deemed it “the largest and most ambitious land reclamation in Scandinavia”.
Mind-boggling Danish Artificial Islands Project
“I think this could become a sort of European Silicon Valley,” said Brian Mikkelsen, the head of the Danish chamber of Commerce, in an interview with The Guardian.
Holmene will rise next to Avedøre Holme, an existing industrial area outside of Copenhagen. “Holmene addresses several needs in the area. There is a growing demand for sites for knowledge intensive industry, fossil-free energy production, as well as a flood barrier to secure both existing and future areas,” explained the Copenhagen-based studio.
Projected completed by 2040
The artificial islands will be built with surplus soil from construction projects in the area — a flabbergasting 900 million cubic feet (26 million cubic meters) of material, according to New Atlas.
The project still has to be approved by the Danish parliament, but current estimates say that construction could begin in 2022 with the first island becoming inhabitable six years later, and the entire complex completed by 2040.