Gallery: Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Loc...

The best use for a large grain elevator is - of course - to store grain, but as commercial interests shift over time, many cities around the world are left with big, hulking structures and nothing to store in them. One good option is adaptive reuse. In Oslo, HRTB Arkitekter AS transformed an old grain elevator located along the Akerselva River into a 19-story student housing complex known as Grünerløkka Studenthus. Using bright panels of colored glass, the architects managed to add a bit of whimsy to the concrete, battleship gray exterior, while leaving most of the original structure intact.

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