↓ File Under Pop

Program // Spatial design
Location // Esplanaden 6, Copenhagen
Client // File Under Pop
Status // Completed
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Natascha Engelbrecht , Peter Bur Andersen

Color Lab

If you are looking for some colorful inspiration for your next spatial project, look no further! We, BRIQ, have helped the Copenhagen based surface design company File Under Pop to create their new colorful universe: The Color Lab. File Under Pop specializes in transforming rooms by clothing floors, walls and ceilings – they carry a curated and unique selection of paint colors, hand-painted wallpapers and carefully selected handmade tiles. To them, colors are a creative science. Color is not only to be looked at, but also talked about and engaged with as an active tool.

The Color Lab is their take on a paint shop and paint pick-up point, but it also lifts the conventional concept to new heights. With Color Lab the aim is to blur the lines between paint shop, showroom and art gallery, hereby urging the guests to take their time to engage with the colors and get inspired and guided by the staff.

BRIQ has played an integral part in bringing their vision of the shop to life. Our starting point was to design a place that reflected transparency around the creation of the final product – the paint. This is why the paint color mixer has been given a central role in the interior design, as it is located visibly so that the costumers can follow the process.

Further, in order to facilitate engagement and interaction, seating areas were created, inviting the guests in for creative contemplation – these took the form of custom-built tile benches. The available paint colors are displayed along the wall, but in order to show the variety of options and different expressions, the paint can take when used in different color combinations and for different purposes, many artistic features are showcased in the lab as well. On the ceiling of the site, artist David Risley has painted an art piece, and textile drapes hand painted with the File Under Pop colors decorate the walls and windows. The overall vision with the spatial design was to place the functionality of a conventional paint shop within an inspirational universe with room for experimenting with colors and ideas.

Photos: Ditte Isager

↓ Velux

Program // Work-space strategy, space planning and interior architecture
Location // Østbrik, Denmark
Year // 2021
Client // Velux
Size // 12.400 m2
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Megan Blake , Iben Bach , Christine Bjerke , Peter Bur Andersen

Velux Innovation House

We are thrilled to be developing the new innovation house for Velux, which will be located in Østbrik, Denmark. The building and surrounding area will function as the heart of the company and will gather more than 500 Velux employees from all over the world. The project is created in collaboration with Praksis Arkitekter, Søren Jensen A/S and Det Blå.

Our main task at BRIQ, is to create and unfold a strategy with the focus of how we can make this Velux innovation house become a beacon for future workspaces and a location that attracts many different individuals by offering a wide range of opportunities. This will be anchored in the spatial qualities and the interior, where we strive to provide the optimal conditions to create healthy workspaces with the focus on social and climatic sustainable environments.

An ecosystem

The strategy is based on the notion of an ecosystem – the new Velux innovation house should function as an ecosystem, where nature, architecture and innovation coexist both in the interior and exterior, where synergiesbetween the areas are created. The workspace strategy highlights the multifaceted environments and how these can evolve over time and bring forward the qualities of the products and services created by Velux. The daily life of the building as well as the rest of the area will filter into a social environment, where the public is also invited to experience the future of light and air.

Visualizations: Praksis Arkitekter

↓ Kildedal

Program // Strategy, Value Program, Identity
Location // Ballerup, Denmark
Year // 2021
Client // Ballerup Municipality
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Laura Kieler , Lea Charbonnier , Christine Bjerke , Signe Birkving Bertelsen


Kildedal will be a new city in the municipality of Ballerup combining residential housing and businesses within the realm of life science. The common vision is to create a new urban area that promotes social life, synergy and the feeling of community between residents, businesses, and retailers. Moreover, the strategy takes the surrounding nature and scenic landscape as its starting point.

We at BRIQ play an integral part in the urban development and enrichment of Kildedal together with Ballerup Municipality, PensionDanmark and WERK. At BRIQ we have developed and formulated the value program for the involved stakeholders, which further develops the vision and values of the city and identifies concrete efforts that will translate the values into action in the development and everyday life of the city.

3 key values

Several values have been pinpointed in the process to create a program that fosters the most essential parts of the vision for Kildedal – three overall themes are key: A growing city, a city of synergy between life science and residential life, and a city in balance, which promotes the use of and access to the surrounding nature

BRIQ also created the visual identity for the area, which promotes the feeling of a new place rooted in both urban life and green surroundings. The identity creates a unique and recognizable impression of Kildedal.

↓ Nuuks Plads

Program // Strategy, masterplanning, placemaking, tactics and activation
Location // Copenhagen, Denmark
Client // 2L
Size // 10 000 m2, 100-200 inhabitants, 40-60% of the area will be mad for business
Status // Ongoing
Project Team // Laura Kieler , Martin Brassøe , Espen Lunde Nielsen

Nuuks Plads

In recent decades Nuuks Plads has been largely unnoticed and silent place in Copenhagen’s vibrant Nørrebro neighborhood. The former national archive is now facing a new era, and this historic building will be transformed into a lively hub for creative and unique commercial spaces. The adjacent modern building from the 1960s will be expanded and transformed architecturally in order to accommodate various types of residential living.

All 2.700 square meters on the ground floor are dedicated to extroverted programs, the careful selection of which will help define and open the inner square to the public. The historical heritage and community have been key to the creation of unique concepts and to the selection of commercial and cultural programs. While supporting a strong sense of community among the retailers and residents, the programs selected for Nuuks Plads are also expected to fill in the blanks and meet the requests of the surrounding neighborhood.

The new Nuuks Plads strives to fill a gap in this dense area of the city while rising as a place with its own identity and nerve. The recently completed metro station on the site will assist in transforming Nuuks Plads into a new urban destination in Copenhagen.

BRIQ is part of the team behind this transformation and we are working closely together with 2L and Entasis to achieve this vision for improved urban life.

Visualization: Entasis

↓ Sankt Hans Hospital

Program // Strategy, space planning and implementation
Location // Roskilde, Denmark
Year // 2021
Client // Roskilde Municipality
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Laura Kieler , Martin Brassøe , Peter Bur Andersen

The new and reformed Sankt Hans Hospital is going to be Roskilde’s healing, recreational backyard.

History and heritage

Sankt Hans has been a psychiatric hospital for more than 200 years and is now facing a transformation into a vibrant urban area. Soon the area will accommodate both housing, businesses, public and cultural activities as well as large recreational areas.

BRIQ is developing and implementing the urban life strategy for the area, which builds on the amazing qualities lodged in the historic site, the cultural heritage of the buildings and the core values embedded in the urban development plan.

Future identity

We at BRIQ are responsible for programming and developing concepts for a number of historic buildings in the area. The historic buildings will be brought to life in their new urban context through concepts specifically developed for Sankt Hans, and more importantly the concepts will be curated bearing in mind the possibility for cross-cutting collaborations and synergies between the operators. An overall ambition is that new extroverted concepts at Sankt Hans will accelerate and continuous support the urban community.

BRIQ innovates and develops new mixed concepts at Sankt Hans, which respond to megatrends in our time while at the same time capture the history and potential of the historic site. Health, nature, and community are key words.

↓ Nordhavn 1.06

Program // Urban life strategy, tactics and activation, architecture
Location // Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Year // 2019
Client // NREP/PFA
Size // 5.200 sqm
Status // Ongoing, done 2022/2023
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Espen Lunde Nielsen , Kasper Spange , Laura Diestel , Martina Pedersen , Natālija Strogova , Marcus Yngwe , Mathilde Zeuthen Lesénécal and collaborators: Søren Jensen A/S (DGNB), BROCKHUUS A/S, Stender A/S, Aaen Engineering & By&Havn
Contractor // Stender A/S

The transformation of Nordhavn 1.06 – part of ’Den Røde By’ – is the last piece of the puzzle that makes the urban life development of Århusgadekvarteret fall into place. We are very excited about transforming this location to once again become a vibrant urban space that matches the vision of the entire area.

Nordhavn 1.06 is a cluster of some of the oldest industrial buildings in the area and therefore represents a great historical value. The prior functions of the buildings included community functions for the workers in Nordhavn, canteen, industrial production facilities, indoor shooting range and cement storage.

The project incorporates transforming three of these buildings, creating two additional building volumes and an add-on on top of an existing historical building, while overall preserving the historical character. The key ambitions have been to maintain the human scale of the area, to welcome people to explore its hidden passages and create a sunfilled urban plaza for recreation and commercial activities at Århusgade.

The transformation entails a translation of the site’s industrial history into a sustainable, contemporary future. The area will be characterized by creativity, on-site production, craftsmanship and community spirit. The buildings will house storefront workshop units, concept stores and great restaurant options. Above, there will be fantastic office space available for those who want to work in a vibrant cultural and historical setting.

The goal is to create a generous and outgoing urban life that welcomes you into the Århusgade district and builds a bridge to the rest of Copenhagen. At BRIQ, we have been responsible for everything from the overall concept, urban life strategy, detailed building design and implementation of the vision – both in regard to the construction of the buildings, developing concepts with tenants and curating the urban life.

We look forward to welcoming you all in 2022/2023!


Photo of ‘Nordhavn from above’ by R. Hjortshøj

↓ Århusgadekvarteret

Program // Strategy, placemaking, visual communication, interior architecture, tactics and activation
Location // Copenhagen, Denmark
Year // 2016
Client // Nordhavn P/S
Size // 7.000 residents and 7.000 jobs
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Sarah Laustsen Larsen , Espen Lunde Nielsen , Kasper Spange , Lærke Hentze and many others
Contractor // Various partners

The transformation of Nordhavn from old industrial habour to vibrant urban district is in full motion, and BRIQ Group plays a key role in the development of commerce, culture and city life in Århusgadekvarteret in Nordhavn.

Creating the sustainable city of the future – eco-friendly, vibrant, and dynamic – has been the overall vision for Nordhavn from the beginning. Renewable energy, recycling, social and cultural diversity, entrepreneurship and sustainable transport are key words. Combine these with ambitions of providing a wide variety of public institutions, shopping facilities, activities and experiences and you get an idea of the scope of the project.

To empower the vision, we sat out to develop an in-depth understanding of the area’s cultural and historical heritage. By combining these findings with an outlook on international urban trends, we developed a retail manifest for Århusgadekvarteret. Our retail manifest is a concrete tool designed to strengthen the vision and profile of Århusgadekvarteret. We have chosen five qualities that guide our selection of commercial and cultural concepts and create the attractive whole we seek to implement:

  1. Sustainability: Sustainability in a wide sense of the word is the most important element in the transformation of Århusgadekvarteret. It cannot be achieved if the shops and eateries don’t follow up. Being able to shop and eat sustainably is essential in a neighborhood where it should be easy to have a green conscience.
  2. Innovation: We want Århusgadekvarteret to be a dynamic urban district with an atmosphere that welcomes entrepreneurship and celebrates new initiatives. A culture that accepts failures as well as successes is therefore key. In continuation of the ambition to strengthen Copenhagen as a knowledge city, shops that are capable of rethinking and innovating the following elements will be highly valued.
  3. Knowledge development: In order to strengthen the breeding ground for innovation we wish to connect the commercial tenants to knowledge and research institutions that work with retail. Inner Nordhavn might become a kind of retail lab where new ideas are tested and analyzed.
  4. Community and passion: Retailers and restaurateurs in Århusgadekvarteret should contribute to make the quarter a place where people feel welcome and at home. The people that work in the shops and cafes must be aware of their essential role as identity creators of the whole area, creating good relations to the locals and thereby strengthening the attachment to the place.
  5. Unique concepts: Creating a vibrant place, capable of attracting Copenhageners and tourists alike, requires concepts that are not found on every street corner. The value of unique shops and inviting urban settings keeps increasing concurrently with the continued spreading of homogenous chain stores and online shopping.

To support the retail manifest we developed a masterplan highlighting how the five qualities are translated and implemented into the area. The vision and scenarios for the upcoming shops, cafes and other commercial operators are illustrated through the presentation of six sections. Each section has its own concepts, logic, story and identity but all share the five qualities.

Using our retail manifest and masterplan as guiding star, we are now finding the operators and concepts that do not only provide the desirable supply but also the wanted vibrancy and sustainability. Many unique concepts are already in operation in Århusgadekvarteret – and many others are joining the area in the years to come.

↓ Stelling

Program // Interior architecture and implementation
Location // Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client // Stelling A/S
Status // Completed
Project Team // Peter Bur Andersen


Calling all creatives in Carlsberg Byen and the rest of Copenhagen! BRIQ created both the space plan and interior design for art supply brand Stelling.

Placed in the new building Harild Hus, the space is designed to encourage creativity and play with colours and materials.

As a way of differentiating the various zones, custom shelving was made to define and frame the displays of the various art supplies. The rest of the store is designed as a calm background.

To reinforce the brand DNA the raw concrete walls were kept to contrast with the vivid colours and tactile materials such as textile curtains and perforated steel.

↓ Carl’s

Program // Spatial
Location // Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Status // Completed


In the heart of Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen, you can find Carl’s Øl & Spisehus – a bar and restaurant with an incredible passion for beer and food. With the heritage of the large brewery Carlsberg Danmark, the people behind Carls take pride in the craft of beer and their unique bar has more than 20 different taps for guests to experience.

With Carl’s we wanted to create a cozy and lively space with an inviting atmosphere. A space where you could bring old friends or make new ones over a beer or three. In the space plan, we used design elements that helped to establish a customized look and feel, while still preserving references to the original Carlsberg brewery.

↓ Carlsberg Byen

Program // Strategy, placemaking, visual communication, interior architecture, tactics and activation
Location // Copenhagen, Denmark
Year // 2017
Client // Carlsberg Byen P/S
Size // 330.000 m2 - 3.100 homes, 12.000 jobs and 10.000 students
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen, Natascha Engelbrecht
Project Team // Sarah Laustsen Larsen , Espen Lunde Nielsen , Martin Brassøe and many others
Contractor // 2LP Construction and others

In the development of Carlsberg Byen visitors and residents will experience a new vibrant, modern and unique part of Copenhagen, rooted in a historical spirit unique architecture. We support this relationship through a mapping of the site’s DNA through cultural heritage studies, summarized visions, location analyzes and a description of how a pairing of these has formed the basis for the actual retail strategy, which will contribute to the creation of an identity for Carlsberg Byen.

Visions for Carlsberg Byen //


Carlsberg’s history is a love affair between science and culture. From the very beginning, quality products went hand in hand with a good head of creative energy and a generous contribution to life in the city. Great art and architecture were integrated into urban spaces and thus into everyday life. On town squares and in old as well as new buildings, forces are now joining to create a dynamic city district. Global trade and art, popular tradition and research will be brought together on one of Copenhagen’s finest foundations.

Heritage and identity

Carlsberg Byen will build on a unique cultural heritage, and this will live on in the city. The values of history will guide life in the new city, and every visitor will experience the link between the power of history and the dynamics of a living city. The characteristic architecture, the beautiful gardens and axial designs will create a feeling of grandeur, while cultural, commercial and recreative activities will complement the promises of history. Like the joy of art, science and research are a manifest heritage from the founders. The researcher apartments, the educational institutions and the production units will ensure that Carlsberg Byen continues along the path set by its founders.

The urban spaces

It will be a denser, more massive district than Copenhagen has seen for a century. Historical buildings, modern blocks and no less than nine towers will rise to the skies. On the ground, a varied pattern of passages and squares will inspire people to explore and discover the myriad of spaces and atmospheres. Each of the 25 urban spaces will serve as a unique social scene, with its own special message and openness to change. Everywhere, focus will be on experience and functional frameworks for spontaneity, always bearing in mind the aesthetic.


Strategy and Cultural heritage

Four obvious themes derived from the cultural heritage of Carlsberg together form a strong idea and identity. Separately and together, they inspire the choice and development of retail concepts and strategy which identifies with the cultural heritage, share ambitions with the district, and plays an active role in the creation of the vision.


Thousands of workers were employed at the Carlsberg breweries, producing beer of high and uniform quality. Brewing developed from a cottage industry to industrial, competitive mass production. The key to Carlsberg’s successful production always has been and remains; quality. High quality craftsmanship and micro-production will be essential themes in life in Carlsberg Byen.


The visionary spirit of J.C. Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg, revolutionized the brewing process throughout Europe, and he shared his knowledge and inventions with the rest of the world – at no cost. The Carlsberg Laboratory, the research Centre and the residencies for researchers made up the scientific environment and continuing in this spirit. Inventiveness is the key. New thoughts within trade, experience goods, urban development and local cultural life will have optimal growth conditions in Carlsberg Byen.


“Wherever people live and work,” said Carl Jacobsen,” art should be displayed to inspire and incite a life of passion”. The new city district will constitute a wealth of different urban spaces. Passion for beauty is the key. Those involved must feel a desire for change, but behind this will be a foundation of ever-present shared values, including the beauty in a mixture of classical and modern expression.


The Carlsberg site was always a mixture of factory buildings and homes, and the place abounded with a sense of community, entertainment and urban life. Cut off as it was from the rest of the city, in an island-like structure, Carlsberg was a place for hard work, and it became a unique miniature society in which people found their own ways to entertain themselves. Giving new life to this culture of community and entertainment in Carlsberg Byen is an obvious opportunity. Nothing is more attractive than belonging to a place that fills you with pride and a sense of social attachment.

All players in the Carlsberg City Experience will be inspired by one or more of the four themes and their traditional and / or modern meanings.

For many, it will be quite natural to work with all dimensions; quality, ingenuity, beauty and contributing to both the artistic touch, cultural outlook and the local communities.

10 zones

Through a site and cultural heritage analysis based on the visions of the Carlsberg City, it is concluded that the area consists of a number of different zones, each with their own identity and potential: both in terms of urban space identity and references to cultural heritage templates with related recommendations.

Ten zones representing different identities can be sketched out by linking the urban spaces with their associated tenancies. This idea draws on the masterplan concept by which each urban space has its own unique identity and character. With this holistic approach, the public outdoor and indoor spaces will be brought together, and retail will become an active part of the urban landscape, thus fulfilling the desire for Carlsberg Byen to become a living city district with an intense urban life.

↓ Guldbergsgade

Program // Strategy, placemaking, architecture, visual communication, interior architecture, tactics and activation
Location // Copenhagen, Denmark
Year // 2012
Client // OBEL-LFI Properties
Size // 39.000 m2 / 4.000 m2 retail and restaurants
Status // Completed
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Contractor // N/A

“Why You Should Spend a Whole Day in Copenhagen on One Street”

– by Mary Holland, Conde Nast Traveler


Of the neighborhoods in Copenhagen, Nørrebro is perhaps the least in need of being cooler. A mix of independent commercial spaces, residential living and parks, the borough on the north side of Dronning Louises Bro is an area with an evolving blend of students, young families and new immigrant communities.

The potential was there to create an area that not only makes the neighborhood a better physical space, but also encourages a strong sense of community in the residents. The right additions to an area create a ripple effect not only in the immediate economy, but also in the way the residents feel and interact with each other.

Our development for Obel-LFI Properties includes enticing retail, high-quality dining and well-maintained community spaces.

↓ File Under Pop

↓ Velux

↓ Kildedal

↓ Nuuks Plads

↓ Sankt Hans Hospital

↓ Nordhavn 1.06

↓ Århusgadekvarteret

↓ Stelling

↓ Carl’s

↓ Carlsberg Byen

↓ Guldbergsgade