Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg

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Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade
© Daviid Ranløv

Text description provided by the architects. 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. 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.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Daviid Ranløv

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. 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 / Holscher Nordberg - Interior Photography, Windows, Brick, Facade
© Daviid Ranløv

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 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.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg - Exterior Photography
© Daviid Ranløv

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 / Holscher Nordberg - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Shelving, Chair
© Kristina Dam
Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg - Interior Photography, Bedroom, Windows
© Kristina Dam

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

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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.

Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg - Exterior Photography
© Daviid Ranløv

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Cite: "Youth Dwellings in Copenhagen / Holscher Nordberg" 22 Mar 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/978838/youth-dwellings-in-copenhagen-holscher-nordberg> ISSN 0719-8884

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