JJW Jensen, Jørgensen & Wohlfeldt, MVRDV
Dutch Architects MVRDV in
collaboration with Jensen, Jørgensen & Wohlfeldt, created this
scheme to convert 2 seed silos in Copenhagen's new district of
Havnestad, into premium residential apartments. The scheme uses Texlon
ETFE roofing to maximise the light inside the structure.
The skyline of Brygge is dominated by three silos; the Seed Silo, the Wennberg Silo and the Press Silo. They all once belonged to the soya factory "Dansk Sojakage Fabrik", which was the largest employer in the area, with 1,200 employees and a large production of animal feed and chlorine. Since "the Soya" closed down in 1992, the silos have stood as abandoned monuments to the district's past days of industrial glory. The silo's are now gaining new life.
Rather than creating spaces inside the structure, and windows limited to those that could be broken through the thick concrete existing walls, the Architectural solution was to use the existing structure as a frame and build outwards. In this fashion, the existing silos walls only required doorways to be cut through and provided new advantages in the form of maximal view and flexibility.
Both silo cores are covered by a Texlon ETFE roof system, forming a lobby area as tall as the building itself. In this way the atrium forms a core for the entire development; all of the useable parts of the structure, all of its spaces, are accessed from the central area.