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Kompressorstation Egtved
Compressor Station
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DESIGNER
 
 
C.F. Møller
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DESCRIPTION
 
C.F. Møller Gas compressor station EgtvedA technical site is normally swaddled in greenery to prevent it from becoming an eyesore in the natural environment. The new Energinet.dk compressor station at Egtved is Denmark's first installation of its kind, and here the opposite is true.

C.F. Møller has designed the plant, consisting of four compressor units and service buildings, as an architectural feature in the open landscape. The form of the buildings was also specially chosen in order to achieve optimum safety conditions at the plant.

C.F. Møller Gas compressor station EgtvedThe new technical plant, supplying the central intersection of the gas pipelines connection north-south from Germany and east-west to Sweden, has a landscape-like expression emerging from the landscape as a grassy embankment.

The remainder of the building appears almost to hover over the mound and is clad with rust-coloured cor-ten steel plating. The plating is juxtaposed to create a varied and vibrant pattern of light and shadow. The combination of materials aims to make the buildings appear rugged and elegant at the same time.

The grass and iron-clad plant houses service buildings, including an emergency generator and storage rooms, and beyond the buildings lies the compression plant itself atop an open plane. The buildings are designed to provide visual, aural and safety screening from the compression units.

"We began by asking ourselves a question: Can we push the boundaries for how we see a technical plant? Can we create a gas plant in dialogue with the landscape and yet focus on the energy supply infrastructure, on which we all depend?" says Julian Weyer, architect and partner.

The simple and striking design of the service buildings and substation also provides the opportunity for great flexibility in relation to the functional adaptation of the design in the coming phases.
C.F. Møller Gas compressor station Egtved
Background
C.F. Møller Gas compressor station EgtvedNatural gas supplies from the North Sea are dwindling. To ensure a regular and safe energy supply in the future, Denmark has to be able to receive gas from continental Europe.

Energinet.dk has therefore constructed 94 kilometres of "gas motorway" from Egtved to Germany. This extension of the fossil gas system may well be a decisive step on the road to a green energy system, which is projected by 2050 to use only renewable energy.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Syddanmark
Municipality
Vejle
Town
Egtved
Address
Mosevej 3
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Industrial buildings and plants
Energy production centres
Plants
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010    
Realisation
2011 - 2013
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CLIENT
 
 
Energinet.dk
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
new-built sq.m. 4,600
compressor station sq.m. 20,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Niras A/S
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
C.F. Møller Architects
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Julian Weyer, Jan Laursen
Drawings © C.F. Møller
Text edited by C.F. Møller
Courtesy by C.F. Møller

C.F. Møller Gas compressor station Egtved



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