On the night between the 18th
and 19th September 1999, the Copenhagen Airport was shortly closed
while the Lauritzen Terminal was transported more than two kilometres across the
runways on 755 wheels, which were remote-controlled by computer.
square metre Terminal is 105 metres long and weighs 2622 tons. It contains great
architectural and engineering features from the international functional period,
but formed an obstacle to the extension of the airport.
decided to relocate the Lauritzen Terminal, and Erik Reitzel A/S, civil
engineers, played a vital role through several phases of the project :
we worked out a design for moving the building to another site. In 1994 the
design formed the basis for the airport’s considerations on using the Terminal
for commuter traffic. In 1997 the design was taken into account when scheduling
the building as a monument. In 1999 Monberg & Thorsen, contractors, asked
our firm to work together with them on the relocation project. A further
elaboration of our 1991 design was submitted as a tender, and was finally chosen.
The contractors employed Van Seumeren, specialists in heavy lifting and
the wave shaped shell roof nor the windows of the Terminal were damaged in the