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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
Water towers , TV antennas, parking garages  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 . Take this water tower turned student housing complex in Jaegersberg, Denmark. This once practical structure was left unused until Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS  won a competition to renovate  it into a multi-purpose building for student housing and a youth center.
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS  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  through the extensions brightens the interiors significantly, providing a warm and sunny space with a view of the surrounding lanscape.
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  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  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.
Via ArchiCentral 
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 parking garages: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/14/first-leed-certified-parking-garage/
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 Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS: http://www.dortemandrup.dk/index.htm
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 Daylighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/06/renovation-horizontal-dairy-farm-somerset/
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