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Frøsilos
Gemini Residences
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DESIGNER
 
 
MVRDV
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CONTEXT
 
Location
MVRDV, Frøsilos, Gemini Residences, Copenhagen, JJW Arkitekter, ABT
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DESCRIPTION
 
Gemini Residences
MVRDV, Frøsilos, Gemini Residences, Copenhagen, JJW Arkitekter, ABTThe Frøsilo is a radical waterfront conversion located in the old harbour area of Copenhagen. As well as boasting excellent waterfront views and close proximity to the city, these former silos have a seemingly incomplete character; a bare structure. In these structural limitations lies the solution through intervention allowing the possibility of openings in the concrete rings, restricted and complicated with the desire to retain the quality of emptiness within. The apartment floors are hung on the outside of the silo creating two ‘supershafts’ which contain all obstructing objects and lobby areas whilst allowing each room to profit from maximum views and flexibility.

MVRDV, Frøsilos, Gemini Residences, Copenhagen, JJW Arkitekter, ABTAll over Europe, old, non-functional harbour areas are being redeveloped into high-end residential areas. Excellent views, waterside location and proximity to the centre ensure that these developments are successes. In these projects, flats that are in highest demand are usually warehouses converted into residences combining a modern lifestyle with a touch of historical character. The conversion of the Frøsilos, Copenhagen fits into this categorisation but represents an even more radical design. Whereas a warehouse is a more or less complete structure, which requires modest adaptation to allow it to function as housing without losing its original charm, silos are different: they are very basic and bare structures, they are incomplete. This bareness and incompleteness comprise the challenge of this project.

The structural limitations of the silo hold the solution to the design. For instance, big openings are difficult to make in the exterior concrete rings. Making door openings is possible but complicated, and can only be done in a limited number of locations. Locating apartments in the silos might imply, in areas where views are available, that the spaces are directed inward. For a warehouse renovation this might be acceptable, due to its monumental status, but in the case of a silo, this type of design misses a key opportunity. In addition, if you were to fill the silo with floor slabs and walls, it would destroy the most exciting aspect of its present state: its emptiness.

The design projects the floors to the outside, solving this potential problem and taking advantage of the silo’s shape. Beautiful views are maximised and maximum flexibility is achieved. Both cores are covered by a glazed roof, creating a futuristic lobby in which people move up and down. In this way, the silo literally forms a new core for the project: all the useable space, every room, profits from its unique location.
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MVRDV, Frøsilos, Gemini Residences, Copenhagen, JJW Arkitekter, ABT
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
District
Vestamager
Address
Islands Brygge 32 (Axel Heides Gade)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Operations on existing buildings
Reconversion
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003    
Realisation
2005
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa, Dbook. Density, Data, Diagrams, Dwellings, a+t ediciones, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2007, pp. 144-149
"Winy Maas - MVRD. Frøsilos. Apartments silo towers", Materia 50, maggio-agosto/may-august 2006 [Around 50], "Progetti/Projects" pp. 124-131 (120-135)
Jesper José Petersen, "84 appartamenti sul mare, appesi ai silos del grano", Il giornale dell'architettura 33, dicembre 2005, "Il progetto del mese" pp. 22-24
Jesper José Petersen, "Intervista a Martin Palmquist", Il giornale dell'architettura 33, dicembre 2005, "Il progetto del mese" p. 23 (22-24)
Jesper José Petersen, "Intervista a Andreas Blomberg", Il giornale dell'architettura 33, dicembre 2005, "Il progetto del mese" p. 23 (22-24)
Jesper José Petersen, "84 appartamenti nei silos del grano", Il giornale dell'architettura 33, dicembre 2005, "Il progetto del mese" p. 24 (22-24
Rasmus Rune Nielsen, Mike Lippert, Svante Lindenburg (2+1), "Apartment building, Copenhagen", A10 new European architecture 5, september/october 2005, pp. 36-39, cover
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
#DGEVOLUTION, MVRDV, Dolce & Gabbana, Frøsilos, Copenhagen, København, Denmark
#DGEVOLUTION, Milano, Palazzo Labus, 4 / 9 April 2017

MVRDV takes part in the exhibition to launch #DGEVOLUTION featuring six international architecture firms chosen to create a new conceptual vision for future Dolce&Gabbana boutiques.

Dolce&Gabbana ushers in a new era for its luxury retail boutiques by handing over creative freedom to six international architecture firms, who will transform individual stores in Milan, Porto Cervo, Capri, Tokyo, St. Barth, London, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Venice, Beijing, Los Angeles and Dubai, whilst responding to both context and the brand's history.

MVRDV is set to design a new flagship location in line with this new approach. A one of a kind, location specific design in collaboration with the brand to bring a unique interpretation of the Dolce & Gabbana story for contemporary buyers. This heralds a more emotive, diverse and cultural influence on their boutiques making them experiential, and a move away from the now dated concept store model. The designers of the fashion house have initiated a dialogue with the chosen architects to create radical and unusual perspectives for the brand and their locations, making them one-of-a-kind.




See also Markhal
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CLIENT
 
 
Gemini Residence A/S
NCC Construction A/S
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Number
84 apartments
Surface
sq.m. 17.500
Height
m. 42
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STRUCTURES
 
 
ABT, Arnhem
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
JJW Arkitekter
Associate architect
JJW Arkitekter
Jensen + Jørgensen + Wohlfeldt Arkitekter A/S, Copenhagen
Design team
MVRDV:
Sven Thorissen, Marc Joubert, Marc Feustel, Anet Schurink, Martijn van den Ban, Marc Drewes, Benjamin Wiederock, Cord Siegel, Soren Madsen
JJW Arkitekter:
Andreas Blomberg, Kent Brogaard, Steen Trudsoe Larsen, Charlotte Feldthus Andersen, Eva Sloth Andersen, Ola Dellson
Structural consultant
Ramboll Virum
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © MVRDV
Drawings © MVRDV
Text edited by MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV, Frøsilos, Gemini Residences, Copenhagen, JJW Arkitekter, ABT



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