The Golden Portals at Carlsberg City
Architectural lighting creates a new unique landmark in Copenhagen
The Carlsberg City District in Copenhagen is booming and by the end of 2025 it is expected to house close to 10,000 residents. The skyscraper Bohr’s Tower is the first building to be finished and ÅF Lighting was asked to design the lighting solution for the so called Golden Portals at the south entrance of Carlsberg City.
The facades of the portals are covered with golden anodized aluminum cladding consistent with the old Carlsberg brewery area’s existing golden architectural elements. The cladding is decorated with unique diamond shaped patterns which causes optical illusions.
- We wanted to enhance the spectacular architecture and create a lighting solution with the highest comfort possible. And as a tribute to the area’s historic reputation the dynamic shimmering light effect is composed to symbolise a cold sparkling Carlsberg beer, explains ÅF Lighting’s Lighting Designer Frederik Borello.
The spaceframe which carries the lighting installation is customized to make them appear more airy and suspended from the ceiling to ensure that the façades can be fully enjoyed. They complement the patterns of the façade and are dyed to match the golden colour of the portals.
The dynamic lighting adds an organic and modern character and the warm white LEDs accentuate the golden colours, which makes the portals appear pleasant and inviting.
The lighting was designed in close collaboration with the architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter who designed the building.
Project: The Golden Portals
Location: Bohrsgade, Carlsberg City, Copenhagen
Client: Carlsberg Byen
Lighting Design & Technical Consultant: ÅF Lighting
Architect: Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Lighting Contractor: Futuresales
Photographer: Torben Eskerod