Construction has started on the OMA-designed headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen.

The 27,000m² mixed-use development is situated on the site of an old brewery, which will feature residential units, community spaces and a playground.

After completion, the headquarters building, dubbed Bryghusprojektet, will act as the missing link between the city centre, the waterfront and the Slotsholmen district of Copenhagen.

The building will feature an auditorium, a bookshop, a cafe, conference rooms, exhibition areas and research facilities.

The building will straddle the Christians Brygge ring road, creating new urban connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the waterfront and Denmark’s houses of government.

OMA partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon said "Instead of stacking a mixed-use programme in a traditional way, the DAC has been positioned in the centre of the volume, surrounded by housing, offices and parking.

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"The urban routes reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different program parts and the urban environment," van Loon added.

The headquarters building is expected to be completed in early 2017.

OMA won the competition to design and construct Bryghusprojektet for Realdania Byg in 2006.

Led by OMA partners-in-charge Rem Koolhaas and van Loon in collaboration with the company’s associate-in-charge Adrianne Fisher, the project is being funded by the philanthropic Realdania Foundation.

Image: The 27,000m² mixed-use development is situated on the site of an old brewery. Photo: Courtesy of OMA.