Copenhagen based architectural and urban planning firm COBE transforms an industrial grain silo into a startling 7-meter high building with 38 unique apartments in Copenhagen’s new neighbourhood Nordhavn.
The transformed building called “The Silo” was created as part of COBE’s larger revitalization effort and master planning of Nordhavn’s post-industrial area. To remake the former Grain Silo into a swanky urban focal point, the architects wrapped the concrete silo in an angular faceted facade made of galvanized steel that doubles as a climate screen.
“What makes The Silo is its monolithic appearance, stemming from the materiality and facility of its construction,” wrote COBE. “Its rational form and complex interior are a direct result of its original use and functions as a grain silo.”
While the architects retained the concrete skeleton to preserve the silo’s industrial character, they also infused the building with more natural light and warmth to create welcoming and livable spaces. The silo’s different grain and storage functions created a diverse spatial variation that gave way to unique apartment layouts.
COBE is a progressive and contemporary community of architects founded by Creative Director and architect Dan Stubbergaard. The company focuses on architecture and design – from buildings to public space, to large-scale urban planning. Their approach to architecture is inclusive; with social, practical, economical and environmental issues integrated within the process. COBE consider architecture to be a process of dialogue and it involves selected experts and consultants, across countries and professional fields, in every stage of the design process.
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