A legal paradigm: Horten headquarters by 3XN

The clients wanted a building that would look imposing from the outside but was founded on innovative principles, while the designers had long dreamed of proving that a building could be ‘green’ through and through, even if it were encased in extremely heavy- looking stone armour.

A legal paradigm: Horten headquarters by 3XN

Horten is not simply one of Denmark’s biggest and best known companies, it is also one of the country’s few legal firms to have a successful practice on the international market. The very brand name, which dates back to the mid-1950s, is today regarded by many Danes as being virtually synonymous with civil and international law: mentioning the name Horten implies legal culture and vice versa.

Over its long career, the company has changed premises several times, never renting any one of its offices for fewer than ten years. Horten’s last rented abode was in
the historic centre of Copenhagen and was very conveniently located, but the company gradually ran out of space there. Since this was not the first office which this fast developing company had quite simply outgrown, the management decided to put up its very own building, which, moreover, would be designed and planned in such a way as to allow it to expand.

A location was chosen to match the company’s ambitions — Tuborg Havn, which gets its name from the tower of the famous brewery nearby,
is regarded as one of the most picturesque and sought-after areas of Copenhagen. The area grew up very recently — it has taken shape over the last 10 years on the site of former dockland and industrial areas and what goes up here is mostly luxury housing and public buildings designed
by celebrity architects. As regards its layout, Tuborg Havn is a gift to urban planners, since it is formed around a small, intimate harbour, cross-crossed by canals and facing the Øresund strait.

Horten Headquarters. South elevation. View from the Dessaus Boulevard

Horten Headquarters. South elevation. View from the Dessaus Boulevard © adam mørk

 

Concave 3-dimensional façade made of fibreglass and travertine – main element representing the energy saving idea of the building

Concave 3-dimensional façade made of fibreglass and travertine — main element representing the energy saving idea of the building © adam mørk

Atrium space

Atrium space © adam mørk

Main image: © adam mørk