The project is an investigation into a given situation, a dormant shell, and how this is best utilized to activate the inherent potential of it. 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.
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. Cultural and artistic aspects are used as the catalyst for more purposeful dwelling types in Copenhagen, activating the potentials of the dormant shell. The building seeks to become a hinge within the neighborhood.
A conceptual thinking of addition by subtraction allows for the building to change and thus add spatial value through removal of building mass. Whenever building mass is removed the brick facade is maintained with a lintel. New terrazzo cladding is cast as a new use of the existing building materials of concrete and brick marked by a tombac edge. Courtyard like structures are established around communal spaces, here as gardens and workshop, resembling those in the context of Østerbro in Copenhagen
The initial power station was one built for machines. New structural systems are introduced in wood to manifest the new human occupation of the building as the warmth of the material contrasts that of the concrete system. In front of the building stands a new transformer on the urban axis of reused bricks. It celebrates technological advancements causing the vacancy of the power station. Thus allowing the creative community of purposeful co-housing to move into the dormant shell of Svanemølleværket.