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Denmark Renovates Water Tower Into Green Student Housing

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On March 18, 2009 @ 2:00 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Green renovation,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Water towers [2], TV antennas, parking garages [3] and other structures tend to be ignored within the ubiquitous context of their surroundings, however these oft-overlooked structures can offer amazing opportunities for renovations [4]. Take this water tower turned student housing complex in Jaegersberg, Denmark. This once practical structure was left unused until Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS [5] won a competition to renovate [6] it into a multi-purpose building for student housing and a youth center.

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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS [5] completed this 10-storey youth center in 2006. The top 5 floors are reserved for student housing and feature roomy and bright apartments with multi-faceted protrusions that extend the living space as well as draw more light into the apartments. Daylighting [7] through the extensions brightens the interiors significantly, providing a warm and sunny space with a view of the surrounding lanscape.

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The bottom floors are used for a youth center that features several large multipurpose rooms. The youth center utilizes tall windows and colored panels to make the space more playful and alive. Large garage-style doors [8] on the very bottom floor can be raised to open the room to the outdoor playground.

This interesting and practical renovation of a previously unused space shows that renovations [4] can be conducted on virtually any structure with gorgeous results. The tower’s multi-faceted crystal-like protrusions add character to the facade and at the same time open the interior living space with views and light.

+ Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS [5]

Via ArchiCentral [9]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=20257

[2] Water towers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/01/wasserturm-umbau-water-tower-adaptation/

[3] parking garages: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/14/first-leed-certified-parking-garage/

[4] renovations: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/26/vader-house-by-maynard-architects/

[5] Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS: http://www.dortemandrup.dk/index.htm

[6] renovate: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/11/reclaimed-jumbo-jet-hotel-in-stockholm/

[7] Daylighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/06/renovation-horizontal-dairy-farm-somerset/

[8] garage-style doors: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/06/residence-bunny-lane-adam-kalkin/

[9] ArchiCentral: http://www.archicentral.com/jaegersborg-water-tower-copenhagen-denmark-dorte-mandrup-arkitekter-6182/

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