↓ 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

↓ Carlsberg Byen

Program // Strategy, placemaking, visual communication, interior architecture, tactics and activation, concept curating
Location // Copenhagen, Denmark
Year // 2017
Client // Carlsberg Byen P/S
Size // 330.000 m2 – 3.100 Homes, 8.000 Residents, 12.000 Jobs, and 10.000 Students
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen, Christa Nesheim
Project Team // Lærke Hentze , Christa Nesheim , Peter Bur Andersen , Tuva Andersen , Espen Lunde Nielsen , Martin Brassøe and many others
Contractor // 2LP Construction and others

The former home to the world-famous Carlsberg Breweries in the heart of Copenhagen is more than 170 years old and is currently being transformed into a new vibrant city district

 Our approach

Carlsberg Byen, also known as Carlsberg City District, has a history that spans more than 170 years in time, and the founders – J.C and Carl Jacobsen – have generally had a great influence on the urban landscape of Copenhagen. However, most of their passion for art and architecture was dedicated towards the neighborhood built around their breweries. Hence, the Carlsberg neighborhood has come to be an important part of the Danish cultural heritage and the home to many of Copenhagen’s architectural treasures. These historical treasures will be reactivated as a part of the revitalization of the district. In the development of the new Carlsberg district, visitors and residents will experience a vibrant, modern, and unique part of Copenhagen rooted in a historical spirit and unique architecture.

BRIQ has since 2017 been involved in the ongoing process of transforming Carlsberg Byen into a dynamic and vibrant neighborhood once again. The initial work involved mapping the site’s DNA through cultural heritage studies, summarized visions, and location analyses. These insights have formed the basis for the actual retail and urban life strategy which is guiding the current implementation phase and concept curation.

Heritage and identity

Carlsberg’s history is a love affair between science and culture. From the very beginning, quality products went hand in hand with plenty of creative energy and a generous contribution to life in the city. The founders made sure that great art and architecture were integrated into the urban spaces, thus becoming a natural part of the everyday life in the area. The transformation of Carlsberg Byen is building on these unique values of the founders.

At the same time, the district will be denser than Copenhagen has seen for a century. Historical buildings and monuments will blend in amongst modern blocks and towers rising to the skies. A varied pattern of passages and squares will inspire people to explore and discover the myriad of spaces and atmospheres. Besides the unique combination of new and historical locations, the founders’ love for art and science are mirrored in the new urban life strategy, which further develops the symbiosis of art, culture, craftsmanship, commerce, and production.

10 Zones

The Carlsberg neighborhood has always been a mixture of factory buildings and homes – a flourishing neighborhood with a sense of community, entertainment, and urban life. Through our initial work and analysis, we mapped the district as consisting of 10 different zones – each with their very own identity and potential. Building on the uniqueness of each zone, we are now curating concepts and inviting actors to move in and be a part of shaping the new Carlsberg City District. This strategy makes it possible to take the significant character of the respective zones into account and ensures a solid foundation for a sustainable, diverse, and colorful urban life.

High Street (Zone 3)

An example of this is zone 3 – here the buildings, urban spaces and tenancies in the southern part of Carlsberg Byen constitute what is called The High Street. The size and location of the tenancies as well as their unique architectural looks have the potential to become an exceptional retail experience, giving Carlsberg Byen the opportunity to invite international brands and galleries to create unique universes together. In these universes, retail and art will go hand in hand, and this will put the Carlsberg neighborhood and Copenhagen on the map for extraordinary, cutting-edge, innovative, and memorable store designs. Here, we are hand-picking the best concepts to bring forth this particular identity in each tenant – and in union create an area where the border between art and retail is blurred.

Flaskehalsen (Zone 8)

Another area that we have just started curating is zone 8 – better known as Flaskehalsen. This zone is defined by two buildings. One is facing the street, and one is opening up to a semi-private plaza – and between them, an intimate alley appears. Creativity, authenticity, and local design production are our guiding principles in the curation process. The idea is to create a local design collective with unique little gems and craftsman stores, where the stores interact and explode out into the shared urban space. Our preliminary analysis tells us that the current and future residents of Carlsberg Byen will increasingly be requesting the virtues and qualities of craftsmanship and local micro-production, which is what we then are catering for.

Currently happening in Carlsberg Byen

Carlsberg Byen encapsulates a unique combination of quirky allies, sunbathed squares, busy streets full of commerce, green oases, and cozy residential neighborhoods. It is already booming of life and many interesting new concepts and restaurants – and it carries a huge potential to become even more vibrant and alive. Some brilliant concepts that have already moved in are the well-renowned eateries Cadence, Surt, and Kōnā, as well as the internationally recognized gallery von Bartha. These concepts have all put their personal touch on the area, and we are thrilled to see how they engage in the ongoing identity creation of the neighborhood. Carlsberg Byen is truly well on its way to becoming the vibrant and unique city district we started working on to achieve back in 2017!

↓ 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 // Tuva Andersen , Lærke Hentze , Espen Lunde Nielsen , Kasper Spange 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.

↓ Musicon

Program // Urban development strategy, tactics
Location // Roskilde, Denmark
Client // The Musicon Secretariat
Size // 3.000 m2
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Peter Bur Andersen
Project Team // Laura Kieler , Mathilde Zeuthen Lesénécal , Signe Birkving Bertelsen


Musicon is a new urban district in Roskilde within 15 minutes’ walking distance from the city center, located next to the renowned Roskilde Festival. Rising out of the old buildings and infrastructure of the former concrete factory on site, the urban area builds upon this historical and physical heritage. The perfect mix of careful, organic urban planning and a range of educational and creative institutions is partly why the area has a flourishing urban life today.

Musicon is now entering the second development stage, in which a range of new buildings will be built along the central street. With the intention to nourish and further develop the existing commercial and cultural life during this expansion, BRIQ was involved in the process to create a new urban strategy for the area.

On the basis of a close dialogue with the present operators, developers and the Musicon Secretariat, BRIQ translated Musicon’s key values into a commercial manifesto and developed a strategy for future collaboration between present and future operators in the area. BRIQ also developed a collaborative model for developers in the area and laid out a common action plan for all involved parties.

The future Musicon will be a continuous flow of unique commercial and cultural concepts which are carefully placed in the urban plan to ensure as much flow between indoor and outdoor spaces as possible. Creative shops with hands-on production, dance classes, cafes and ceramic workshops are among the concepts that will contribute to creating an even more vibrant and attractive urban area for both visitors and residents.

↓ 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

↓ Carlsberg Byen

↓ Kildedal

↓ Nuuks Plads

↓ Sankt Hans Hospital

↓ Nordhavn 1.06

↓ Århusgadekvarteret

↓ Stelling

↓ Carl’s

↓ Musicon

↓ Guldbergsgade