The principal idea behind Dokk1 is a transparent covered urban space. Kim Holst Jensen, Senior Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects, explains: “Dokk1 is not simply a building. It is a place for exchanging knowledge and opportunities and a multicultural meeting point that will change people’s perception of the entire city. Dokk1 enhances this special setting with an architecture that creates an exceptional visual connection to the city both from inside the building and out. Through this, we form an icon for the knowledge society, an icon that supports and stimulates creative collaboration."Dokk1 is designed as a polygonal slice that hovers above a glazed building resting on a podium with large sculptural stairs. The stairs fan out to street level and the new harbor promenade surrounding the building. The glass building is designed as an open urban space with 360-degree views of the water, harbor, forest and city. The building has no clear front or back, which is emphasized by the multi-edged top slice that creates the impression of rotation and movement. The facade is made of expanded metal, the scale of the city and harbor is reflected in the design, which twists, breaks and turns. The concept of the facade design is an interaction with the height of the surrounding buildings and the scale of the port with reference to large elements, such as cranes and ships.