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Nordre Fasanvej 215

On the corner of Nordre Fasanvej and Hillerødgade is the iconic building - designed by Arne Jacobsen.
Today, some 80 years later, the building remains modern in its basic concept and has undergone a thorough modernization that brings it up to 2023 standards.
With its location on the edge of Inner Copenhagen, midway between Frederiksberg and Nørrebro, the location is easily accessible by all forms of transport. There is close access to the S-train, Metro and bus, as well as access roads and the city center are within a short distance.


Category: Labs, offices and coworking
Total area: 13,500 m2
Lab: 2,300 m2
Office: 11,200 m2
Coworkingarea: 500 m2
Canteen & lounge area: 500 m2
Rental prices: to be determined Q3 2022
Opening: early 2024

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Environment & Community

This new centre for biotech and life science companies is an ambitious growth centre with the mission to create the right conditions for the growth of tomorrow's biotech successes. The environment is a combination of laboratories, offices and coworking and supports a productive and innovative workplace with a strong and present community.

The environment is part of the Symbion Community, which besides Fasanvej today consists of five locations, three of which also have biotech and life science as their primary or one of their primary focus areas. All four biotech and life science locations are located within a distance of less than 3 km, which facilitates a good and close cooperation between the environments. Similarly, several of the community's collaborators are also within the same distance, including the BioInnovation Institute (BII), Rigshospitalet, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy from the University of Copenhagen.

Both the environment at Fasanvej and the Symbion Community as a whole have a dedicated community team working for the best conditions for biotech and life science companies; including the necessary space for immersion, professional tools and communities where ideas, experiences and business opportunities are shared for the common good, professional and social meetups and events and much, much more.

History & Culture

The Fasanvej site is located in the white, functionalist buildings that formerly housed Novo. In 2007, Frederiksberg Municipality, with the assistance of the Cultural Heritage Agency, delineated and mapped Novo's Fuglebakken site and designated it as one of 25 national industrial monuments. The reason given was that it illustrates Danish industrial history in the period 1840-1970 and is representative of the very knowledge-intensive industry. The facility was also designated as a national industrial monument because it tells the story of a Danish company that very quickly became a world leader and because it is an accomplished functionalist building designed by Arne Jacobsen.

In 1925, brothers Harald and Thorvald Pedersen founded Novo Therapeutic Laboratory and in 1932 moved into an older dairy building from 1914 on Fuglebakken. At the same time, the then young architect Arne Jacobsen was commissioned to build a new factory in the extension of the old dairy's half-timbered building, and Arne Jacobsen served as the building architect for Novo until his death in 1971 - among other things, he designed the three-legged Myre chair for Novo's canteen on Fuglebakken in 1952. Until 2019, Novo produced enzymes in the white houses on Fuglebakken on the border between Nørrebro and Frederiksberg.

Buildings & Facilities

The Fasanvej site consists of a complex of several connected buildings at the corner of Nordre Fasanvej and Hillerødgade. The buildings are placed with an atrium in the middle, which ties the buildings together into one environment.

In 1913-1914 the first building - the dairy - was constructed with a stable building. Later, two timber-framed extensions were built perpendicular to the gables on either side of the dairy. In 1934-1935 it was decided to build on the open space at the corner of Nordre Fasanvej and the then Fuglebakkevej. The task was given to architect Arne Jacobsen, who designed a functionalist building to form a link between the new building and the old dairy building. Between 1948 and 1949, Arne Jacobsen designed a six-storey building, which was built in 1949-1951 behind the white factory building facing Hillerødgade, and an extension to this, an intermediate building, to link two of the existing buildings.

The various buildings together form an architecturally varied picture that clearly tells the story of the industrial development of Fuglebakken. The many knots testify to a practical approach to building development.

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