The rising city
Old silos transformed in amazing architectures which changes the Copenhagen’s skyline. It happens in Nordhavn, the urban harbor of an always changing city
There is a new pulse in Copenhagen. Industrial areas and waterfront harbours are being developed and regenerated by leading local and international architects. Internationally acclaimed local architect firm BIG ( Bjarke Ingels Group) is leaving their mark on Copenhagen as well as the rest of the world. From all vantage points, Amager Bakke/ Copenhill – the recreational area built on top of the new ARC wastemanagement centre designed by BIG is clearly visible. A waste- to- energy plant has been turned into a popular attraction by integrating a ski slope into the roof and a rock- climbing wall up one face. Not far off, the OMA- designed building perched on one of the city’s central harbour fronts is set to become a must destination for architecture enthusiasts. The building is home to DAC ( Danish Architecture Center) – the country’s meeting place for architecture, design and urban culture. DAC occupies a central position in BLOX – a centre destined to become a hub for the built environment and urban solutions that opens its doors to the public in May 2018. Another exceptional project, Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates is slated to design a water aquatic centre on Copenhagen’s harbour, featuring indoor pools framed by brick pyramids and outdoor baths that terrace down to meet the sea. Nordhavn’s is a vast post- industrial development located on the city’s northern peninsula is currently being transformed into a new waterfront district with landmark buildings and public spaces. At the forefront, COBE’s award- winning “The Silo” is part of the transformation. The original industrial seventeenstorey grain Silo has been repurposed into modern residential lofts with public functions. I was attracted to the rustic appearance of the building and the fact that it is so close to the sea. I think COBE architects did an outstanding re- adaptation of the silo while retaining the original concrete structure,” says Henrik Bo Bach. “The choice of cladding material references the area’s industrial past through its raw toughness and texture. It will also take on a patina gradually over time in the sea air. The galvanized, perforated steel also helps to protect the balconies and interiors from direct sunlight and wind”.
The top floor of The Silo consists of a mirrored glass box housing a public restaurant with a 360- degree view of the city and the sea.