Big changes are underway in Copenhagen, particularly at Nordhavn, an active industrial harbor currently being redeveloped into a modern mixed-use waterfront district. As part of the urban revitalization project, Danish firm COBE will transform the area's tallest historic grain silo into housing and exhibition space in a project called "The Silo." The renovated silo is slated to become a landmark building in the new urban development, the plans of which were also designed by COBE.
Topping out at a little over 200 feet, the 17-story tall silo is the largest industrial building in Nordhavn as well as one of its most well-known and iconic landmarks. The architects hope to maintain the identity of the silo while reinterpreting it in a modern setting. The final design will result in 40 stacked apartments with varying ceiling heights and sizes, each partly dictated by the silo’s existing spatial variation brought about by demands for the storage and handling of grain. Each apartment will be outfitted with large panoramic windows and balconies that overlook the Copenhagen skyline and Oresund.
”The architectural concept for the transformation of The Silo is about using [its] original potential, and preserv[ing] and enhanc[ing] the distinctive character of the silo. With the transformation, the silo will be wrapped in a new facade that upgrades the former industrial building to current standards,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. “However, the existing interior of the silo will be preserved as much as possible and the raw industrial architecture will be a visible element. So, apart from unique views and ultra-modern apartments, the new inhabitants will also have a one-of-a-kind spatiality with historic remnants such as visible concrete columns and walls”.
In addition to housing, the silo will also accommodate multipurpose event facilities and a restaurant on its ground floor and top floor. By sandwiching the private housing between public functions, the architects hope to create a “multidimensional experience” that all Copenhageners can enjoy. The project is slated for completion at the end of 2016.
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