Just like large parts of the surrounding area, this disused power station is characterized by its massiveness and decoratively detailed brickwork. The buildings that make up the current complex have been constructed during the course of several style periods, always in red brickwork and always with respective stylistic details typical for the period.
The new elements of the building are also constructed in red brickwork, and they add their own layer of architectural brick detailing to the story of the building, telling about the time of construction, yet also of the specific technological function of the building.
Located in prominent historical industrial contexts, the buildings form part of the everyday fabric of the city, but also an important part of the city’s history. “The direct adjacencies with historic buildings provided us with our biggest design challenge; how could we respond to the ornate and delicate brick facades in an appropriate yet contemporary way, whilst avoiding the pastiche, and so our process turned towards subtle moves in the brick bonding”. Explain the architects.
The choice of bricks perhaps seemingly obvious was not an easy one. “It is more difficult to make a brick building look good when it is built up against a historic brick building, where the level of craft and detail is impossible to contend with, one has to interpret rather than copy. It was important to allow each fragment to maintain their own vocabulary whilst giving them the ability to speak the same language.”
Tietgensgade District Cooling Plant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Program: cooling plant
Architects: Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Collaboration partners: COWI, MOE
Client: HOFORA A/S
Area: 4,000 sqm