21.01.2021 Anja Wiegel

Nachhaltige Verwandlung: Ørsted Gardens in Frederiksberg

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Frederiksberg is situated in the Copenhagen Capital Region. Centrally located and surrounded by attractive brick structures, the existing 1960s-era building does have certain charms. However, in terms of appearance, it was average at best. On the ground floor, a gas station with colourful advertising signs determined the overall look. The upper storeys, which accommodated apartments, had a monotonous, grey façade of concrete. Why bother keeping it?

A Sustainable Approach
The architects are firmly convinced that it is not necessary to start from scratch. Instead, accentuated interventions often suffice when it comes to overcoming existing shortcomings. A sustainable future cannot be based only on new ecological buildings. Well-considered renovations can restore quality of living. By the same token, they can save a lot of grey energy.

Implementation and Design
The Ørsted Gardens project required no changes to the floor plan or statics of the building. Rather, the architects focused on redesigning the streetside façade. A new skin of glass and steel now protects the concrete construction from the elements. Unlike the flat design of the existing structure, the new balconies jut in tiers into the street space. The glass walls are adjustable, so residents can decide for themselves whether they prefer to screen themselves from the street or open up. The remnants of space have been planted with ivy that climbs the wooden slats mounted on the sides of the balconies.

Along with the new design, residents also have gained new leisure areas. A gallery runs parallel to the façade, linking all the balconies. An interplay of planted and planked surfaces divides the floor. The building has truly benefited from this transformation; it now has a sustainable design, more green space and greater quality of living.

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

Foto: Hampus Berndtson

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