Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen

Holscher Nordberg

CATEGORY
Apartments, Renovation

LOCATION
Copenhagen, Denmark

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Lytt Architecture

ARCHITECT
Holscher Nordberg Architecture And Planning

AREA
5800 m²

YEAR
2021

PHOTOGRAPHS
Daviid Ranløv, Kristina Dam

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER / CIVIL ENGINEER
Wsp

The curved shapes of a 1936 modernist building have been extended in height in a new addition. The transformation clarifies the crescent in the street of the former factory building.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv

The old building has been designated with a high conservation value from the conservation authorities. The task of adding the new extension has therefore included great care for the existing architecture.

The new facades above the old building are covered in ash wood cladding with a tactile slatted structure that provides relief and texture in the façade.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv

The golden-brown bricks in the two lower floors thus form a patinated base for the new crisp upper part, which over time will change the character to a silver-gray surface.

Where it has been necessary to repair the existing outer wall, it is rebuilt with a yellow hand-stroke tile.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Daviid Ranløv
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Kristina Dam

The windows have a vertical spear mounted in the center profile, so that subtle shadow effects occur, which play a visual role in the relief motifs created by the upper wooden façade. All the dwellings have at a bay window to set a generous special frame in the relatively small homes.

The façade towards the street follows the shape of the street and is symmetrically built with rhythmic window openings and a convincing sense of proportion. Holscher Nordberg Architecture and Planning has developed a special window for the transformed building.

The existing factory building has until recently been used as a school. In this way, it has lived a changeable life and has shown its worth through several different functionalities.

The window frames are made in anodized aluminum. In the upper part of the building – in a dark appearance – at the bottom in interaction with the tiled façade – in nature.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Kristina Dam
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
© Kristina Dam

The added floors span the courtyard like a bridge – a clear sensuous perception that the addition is lightly located on top of the existing – and materially heavier building. The total area is doubled, while the almost 100-year-old industrial building dictates the shape of its own extension upwards.

In the transformation, the south gable has been opened to provide more daylight into the green courtyard – and thus to the homes facing it.


Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
Ground Floor Plan
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
First Floor Plan
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
Second and Third Floor Plan
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
Roof Plan


Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
North Elevation and Section

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
South Elevation and Section
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
East Elevation and Section
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen
West Elevation and Section

Holscher Nordberg A/S
T +45 3920 0033 F +45 3929 6701
Holscher Nordberg A/S
Vermundsgade 40A, 3, 2100 København Ø, Denmark