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Future Systems - Metropolis project, Sluseholmen, Copenhagen


Future Systems was a London-based architectural and design practice, formerly headed by Directors Jan Kaplickýand Amanda Levete.

Future Systems was founded by Kaplický after working with Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, andRichard Rogers. The work of Future Systems can be classified within the British high-tech architects as either bionic architecture or amorphous, organic shapes sometimes referred to as "blobitecture". "Compared to his peers, Kaplicky was the avant-garde incarnate, relentlessly pursuing the new new thing, refusing to settle into some predictable, and comfortable, architectural niche."[1] Future Systems proposals adapted construction methods from other professions, including (most commonly) the curved monocoque shell structures found in aircraft design, car design and boat building.

In the 1990s the company moved from theoretical projects to fee-paying work with projects such as the "spacecraft-like"[2] Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London (completed 1999), and the Selfridges Building(completed 2003). For Lord's, Kaplicky received the Stirling Prize. The Selfridges department store is a prime example of the early 21st century movement referred to as "blobitecture", and has been compared to Peter Cook's Kunsthaus inGraz, Austria.

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After Future Systems won the Stirling Prize, the firm received larger commissions including the Maserati Museum in Modena, Italy (2009)[3] and the unbuilt new Czech National Library. In 2008 Kaplický and Levete split the firm. Kaplický took the firm name and some staff to the Czech republic, and Levete would take a proposed new headquarters for News Corporation in east London and a commission for a hotel and retail complex in Bangkok, Thailand, along with most of the staff — between 35 and 45 people.[4]

On January 14, 2009 Jan Kaplický died. A month later the final few staff working for Kaplický/Future Systems in Levete's offices were let go.

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Next to the canal district, at the end of a pier extending from the tip of the peninsula, stands the Metropolis, a residential highrise designed by experimental British architectural firm Future Systems. Its design has been inspired by the operation tower on Langebro.


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Sluseholmen is a peninsula in the South Harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark. Part of the Southern Docklands of the Port of Copenhagen, the area used to house heavy industry, but since the turn of the millennium Sluseholmen has undergone massive redevelopment, transforming it into a mainly residential canal district known for its maritime atmosphere.

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Sluseholmen Canal District (Danish: Sluseholmen Kanalby) is a residential development, located on Sluseholmen peninsula in the South Harbour area of Copenhagen, Denmark. The development comprises 1,350 apartments. The apartments are built on eight artificial islands, separated by dug-out canals. On each island is a closed block of townhouses, 4-7 stories tall, built around a sheltered courtyard with public access. The houses are frequently stand directly on the canals, while bridges, wharfs and "chats" create direct contact to the water.
The development was designed by Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters and the Danish architecture firm Arkitema but to ensure a veried cityscape, the facades of the individual townhouses were designed by 20 different architecture practices.

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The general concept for the area was developed by Sjoerd Soeters and Arkitema with inspiration from the artificial island residential development in Amsterdam. Arkitema also developed the shell structures.
To ensure a varied cityscape, inspired by Copenhagen vernacular architecture from around 1900, the facades of the individual townhouses were designed by 20 different Danish architecture firms. Arkitema drew up a set of dogma, governing the materials used, colours smd proportions of the facade designs. It was also decided that at least five different firms had to be involved in the design of each island. The result is lively and imaginative block housing, with The individual houses are highly diverse in appearance.[2]

Sluseholmen has an infamous reputation for the absence of public transport systems serving the area. This is due to the heavy delay of the bridge to Teglholmen, which was originally planned to open in 2007.
Since September 2009, Sluseholmen has been served by Route 904 of the Copenhagen Harbour Buses.

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