The project seeks to deploy purposeful housing and exhibition spaces in the vacant structures of Svanemølle Power Station in Copenhagen. The project analyzes the existing building of the Svanemølle Power Station, its situation and context to ask of it what to become and how to evolve. This is what we call the “Dormant Shell”: the structural framework that’s waiting to be activated.
The power station sits in the northern part of Copenhagen in between the urban conditions of the urban city core of Østerbro, suburban Hellerup and industrial and evolving Nordhavn. The project aims to use cultural and artistic aspects as the catalyst for more purposeful dwelling types in Copenhagen, activating the potentials of the dormant shell. The building furthermore seeks to become a hinge within the neighborhood, effectively patching the larger urban fabric. The notion of “purposeful housing” addresses both the specific nature of the housing, in its relationship between living and making, as well as the interior zones deemed suitable for dwellings within the existing structure.
Courtyard-like structures are established in the power station, resembling those in the context of Østerbro in Copenhagen. The southern wings will be transformed, from offices and high voltage buildings, into co-housing with a courtyard and communal spaces. The former turbine hall will become a satellite exhibition hall for institutions or artists in residency, not only concerned with exhibiting pieces, but the process of making. This is in relation to the former boiler house turned into mainly public workshop, galleries and artisan studios.