At Vandkunsten Architects we design architecture for people. Our houses are designed for the ways that people live, work, play, and think. Housing, buildings, and cities must be at eye level and make room for communities.
Towards a circular future
Circular and made for makers
<p>Repurposed shipping containers house creative activities and meeting places at the Makers’ Corner in the new sustainable district Musicon. Three groups share the facilities – a local maker community, a youth maker space, and a city-run meeting place and activity for mentally vulnerable citizens of all ages. Vandkunsten has applied repurposing materials, and involved users to meet the tight budget with high ambitions.</p> <p>Back in 2016 the city received a donation from the A. P. Møllerske Støttefond, and Vandkunsten was comissioned as architects based on our experience with repurposing discarded shipping containers. After intense user involvement and in close collaboration with the contractor, the project was finished in 2017. From the outside Hal7 still looks like an old industrial hall, preserved in the urban development. Inside, one meets 900sqm of repurposed shipping containers, an old sports gym flooring, and four different comfort zones.</p> <p>The project features a radical amount of reuse. On top of transforming 20 discarded containers, the existing loadbearing exterior skin, foundations, concrete flooring, and 9 existing container modules have been reused. On top, matured materials consist most doors, windows and flooring. This means that at least 90 % of the materials used are repurposed. All details have been designed for disassembly, which allows the users to rearrange their Makers’ Corner if needs change over time.</p>
New homes in the old torpedo boat workshop
<p>The MTB hall was built in 1954 as a place for repairing and maintaining boats for the Danish Navy, especially motor torpedo boats. The architecture reflects the prevailing enthusiasm at the time for large structures in reinforced concrete and steel with a main space of 32 x 160 x 15 metres.</p> <p>When the Danish Navy abandoned Holmen, an islet in Copenhagen Harbour, in the 1990s, the area was selected for urban development. The building tycoon Kurt Thorsen saw the potential for converting the huge empty concrete structure into a residential complex and approached Vandkunsten Architects. We preserved the rough construction elements and designed homes around a large street that is open to the sky, close to the city and directly on the waterfront.</p>