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Ørestad, – Copenhagen\'s whole new city!

January 2008


ØRESTAD – Copenhagen\'s whole new city!!

On June 1st 2000, the Øresund Bridge which links Denmark and Sweden was opened – an event which completely changed the infrastructure on both sides of the Øresund and which continues to exert an enormous influence on developments in and around Copenhagen.

A city within the city

One of the most remarkable results has been the implementation of Copenhagen\'s long dormant Ørestad project, which is now an explosively developing new area in the southern district of Copenhagen. Located on the same island as Copenhagen\'s airport, Ørestad will feature a wide variety of commercial and service activities as well incorporating a range of completely new residential and recreational facilities.

The first major player to move to new facilities in Ørestad was the Danish State Broadcasting service and the last quarter of 2007 has been characterized by a series of developments, all of which will place Ørestad very clearly on the MICE map for Copenhagen

Three new hotels

The location of the Bella Center (Copenhagen Congress Center), about half way between Copenhagen city center and the airport, has for many years been less than ideal. Now the Bella Center will be very much a part of Ørestad, as the development grows around the congress center. Access to the congress center from central Copenhagen was vastly improved when the Copenhagen Metro opened.

Now, the Bella Center has revised (and the Ørestad development has revitalized) the center\'s plans for a 4 star hotel, to be integrated with the congress center. The project foresees a hotel with 2 towers, each with 400 rooms. The hotel will be built in 2 stages, with work to commence on the first tower in mid-2008 and to open in 2010.  The hotel will be managed and operated by an as yet unnamed international hotel chain.

Work has already begun on what will be Copenhagen\'s largest hotel, the CAB INN Metro, which will located adjacent to the huge Fields shopping center and about 750 meters from the Bella Center.   Designed by the world famous architect, Daniel Libeskind, the hotel will have 700 rooms when it opens in the late summer of 2009. The new hotel will adhere to CAB INN\'s concept of offering small rooms in which utilization of the available space has been maximized, and for which the prices will be modest.

A third hotel project for the Ørestad area will carry the Crowne Plaza logo and will be part of the planned Copenhagen Towers complex – three 25 storey buildings with each remarkable architecture from, amongst others, Sir Norman Foster and Partners.  The hotel, which is planned to have 365 rooms and conference facilities for 800 delegates, will be located on the southern edge of Ørestad, about 1 kilometer from the Bella Center and is due to open in late summer 2009.

Eyes for a better world focus on Ørestad

Copenhagen and Ørestad will be the center of world attention in December 2009, when the UN Climate Change Conference takes place at the Bella Center from November 30 – December 11, 2009.  Hopefully, the inspired architecture and the ongoing developments of Ørestad will provide the backdrop for an improved world ecology agenda.
 

For more information, please contact Mr. Flemming Madsen at denmark@euromic.com

Ørestad impression

Ørestad impression

Bella Center hotel project

Cabinn Metro impression

Cabinn Metro impression

Copenhagen Towers