Copenhagen has a new soil treatment center that are supposed to resemble two connected heaps of mud. Christensen & Co designed the distinctive rusty silhouette to mimic the mounds of soil dug up and cleaned to create a new urban area in Denmark. The building’s angular green roof is covered with plants, grasses and bushes that allow the building to merge with the Nordic landscape.
Located north of Copenhagen, the new soil center was designed for cleaning vast amounts of soil dug up from construction projects and metro building sites. Once the soil is clean and decontaminated, it will be used for sculpting the landscape of a new urban quarter called Nordhavn. Featuring a gorgeous red weathering steel facade protected by a layer of rust, the building’s distinctive roof is flourishing with plants, bushes and trees (coming soon).
An office, laboratories, dressing rooms, two large workshops, garages and storage spaces are all sheltered under a the M-shaped roof, and the open interiors are lit naturally, which makes a healthy environment for both, employees and the greenery growing inside. Christensen & Co‘s design makes up for the piece of the landscape it has occupied while helping preserve the area’s natural biodiversity.
Photos by Adam Mork