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ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Denmark Architecture News - May 19, 2020 - 12:16   768 views

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Danish architecture studio ADEPT has completed a new mixed-use complex featuring a customized brickwork in the historic Carlsberg Brewery site in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Named Theodora House, the 15,500-square-metre complex has been opened to the public to become part of the city. 

ADEPT's project is now seriously embarking on the successful transformation to a dense urban neighbourhood of its own, the Carlsberg City. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Transforming many of the preserved buildings, designed by some of the best European architects of the era, the new neighbourhood is at the same time a unique cultural-historical environment and an attractive modern district. 

The recently completed building, documented by architectural photographer Rasmus Hjortshoj alongside Jens Peter Nielsen, shows ADEPTs contribution to the area  with different shots in a corona-closed Copenhagen. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

"Theodora House, named after the Carlsberg founder’s daughter, is located right beside the famous Elephants Gate and adapted in materials and scale to its historic surroundings," said ADEPT in a project description. 

"Part of the building complex is new construction and part of it is re-use of a former yeast storage that used to fill the plot." 

"Only one wing of the storage was preservable and now occupied by office spaces overlooking one of Carlsberg City’s small plazas. The new part of the building is mainly apartments but where it meet the street and plazas is has spaces for shops and cafés."

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Taking cues from the history, ADEPT's Theodora House emphasizes the complex character of Carlsberg with facades reflecting local history. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Walking around the building it is obvious that it "absorbs" the various brick expressions in the area – making it stand out as both its own and carefully adapted to the neighborhood. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

The studio preserved the original façade of the Yeast Storage. Transition to the new part of the building is carefully handled through the Elephants Gate. The new brick was selected to respect the existing, yet make a modern statement. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

The curved brick that identifies the facade to the North was designed for the building in close collaboration with the brick manufacturer. The curves gives a varied play of texture that gradient towards the roof. 

The gates facing the street shows motives from the history of the Yeast Storage. The inner courtyard makes a strong contrast to the brick facades, and here, in time, green walls will embrace a small resident’s garden. 

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Image © Jens Peter Nielsen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Image © Jens Peter Nielsen

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Facade typologies

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Old-new diagram

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Program diagram

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Site plan

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Ground floor plan

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

First floor plan

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

Section

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

East elevation

ADEPT's mixed-use complex features customized brickwork for a historic brewery site in Copenhagen

West elevation

Project facts

Name: Theodora House

Architect: ADEPT

Landscape: WERK

Client: Carlsberg Byen

Size: 15.500 m2

Year: 2017 - 2020

Location: Carlsberg City, Copenhagen, Denmark

All images © Rasmus Hjortshoj unless otherwise stated. 

All drawings © ADEPT

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