With the development of old grain silos into housing, CMP is getting new neighbours who are in search of the industrial atmosphere and a very special type of accommodation
The conversion of Copenhagen’s port and industrial areas is an ongoing process and a result of CMP’s policy in recent years of concentrating its terminal activities in the northern part of the port, where the new cruise ship quay is also being built. Oil and dry bulk belong at Prøvestenen south of Copenhagen.
With new housing and recreational areas replacing the centrally located port areas in Copenhagen, CMP is getting new neighbours. The forthcoming district of Indre Nordhavn will be an attractive area, consisting of both housing and offices.
The fact that the old port areas are being put to new uses is a balancing act for CMP:
”Development of the port areas entails both challenges and opportunities for us. It is positive that Copenhagen is expanding because we are an import port and it therefore means expansion of our market. However, we also need to adapt to the development, the forthcoming cruise quay, for example, which is opening in the northernmost part of the port. We would very much like to be involved in influencing the development, so that renewing the port area is an asset for both the citizens and for CMP. It is important that development of the city and the commercial port takes place in unison so that the opportunities for coexistence between the city and the commercial port are retained, for the benefit of all of Copenhagen’s residents.” says Povl Røjkjær Ungar, CMP.
The purpose of the old port and industrial areas is disappearing, but it is important to the developer, CPH City & Port Development, that the old port structures are preserved.
The two old silos are among the most important reference points for the area, and they are being preserved and acquiring completely new functions. One is being converted into offices, and now the smaller of the silos is being converted into apartments, with respect for the original architecture, writes CPH City & Port Development, which is going to develop the Nordhavn area.
The silo project’s owner, Morten Boll, is developing the silo in conjunction with Praksis Arkitekter. It will accommodate 80 apartments, from 60 up to 240 square metres. The point of departure is that the forthcoming housing project will preserve the silo’s raw architecture with clear references to its former use.
”The old concrete building will be treated sensibly and with dignity, and bear witness to the location’s industrial history. There is demand for buildings which tell a story and have a specific identity. These customers want to have exciting architecture, modern facilities, a green profile and a pleasant environment,” says Morten Boll to CPH City & Port Development’s website.
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