2016 - 2017
Circular and made for makers
90 percent reuse
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.
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.
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.
"Trust has been key in this unique project. It is really the only way to work with a tight budget and this high ambition for reuse.
During construction, the principle drawings of the project would be adapted pragmatically to meet the available reused materials that the contractor could find. Only then would be finish the design together and work out the details for reversible construction."
- Salma Zavari
Architect MAA, Vandkunsten
Insulated containers saves energy and money
The Orange Maker Space had already transformed discarded shipping containers to workshop units. Now 29 shipping containers have been fitted with central heating and is the warmest climate zone in the project.
Project name: Hal7 Makers' Corner
Category:Culture & Institutions, R&D
Client: Roskilde Munincipality
Gross area: 900 m²
Date: 2016 - 2017
Cost of construction: DKK 6 mio
Program: Workshops and meeting place
Activity: Transformation/New construction within existing structure
Job type: Comission
Construction system: Recycled shipping containers
Contact: Søren Nielsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Architect: Vandkunsten Architects
Contractor: Egen Vinding & Datter