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The Sil(o)houette

Thursday 29 Apr 2010

Rural rebirth

The Sil(o)houette by Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller
Julian Weyer 
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21/12/10 roberto, miramar, florida
Adaptation to the site conditions and surrounding environment versus creating a a very distinctive and contrasting structure. The latter is the real value of this adaptation of an existing isolated silo structure coverted into a very powerful expression of projecting and receding volumes creating a very distinctive planes of shadows and lights contrasted qieh the building color. It is not that the building itself is an innotative one, because during all these years of practice, i have seen and worked in buildings similar to this one but it is a very distintive and interesting departure from an existing not very attractive structure. Excellent design and structure re-adaptation
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10/05/10 Dave Boyd, Seattle
I have studied the conversion of grain elevators to new uses, so am encouraged and fascinated by this example. The article says that "no other building can be erected to the same height", but the existing silo has certainly been expanded. If this building were taller than the currently permitted height, in most American jurisdictions expanding it laterally would not be allowed. I'm curious about how this was permitted, if no other building can be built this tall, since the addition is nearly as tall as the original silo.
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07/05/10 zamarian, camborne
You might want to take a look at the images to get an impression of the density of the area. "Rural" in Europe is never as rural as e.g. in Oregon.
04/05/10 Elliot, Corvallis Oregon
Interesting article. There are many possible uses for these types of tall rural buildings, but I am not sure that housing is the best option for a site of that prominence. It would be kind of strange to me to live in the one and only modern high-rise apartment building in the middle of a rural setting, but I can see how some people would enjoy it. But when they refer to the building as an iconic image, that has significance the same as a church bell tower or windmill, that is correct, but I don't believe that attaching an apartment complex to it is going to make us realize what was originally there. The older silo structure was rather blank anyway, so I guess this is a good reuse for it. On the other hand, I wish I knew more about the density of the area, because I wonder; is there actually enough density and critical mass to support a mixed use complex with shops and a supermarket? Unless its a small mom and pop grocery, I don't think that one apartment building can support that type of business.

-Elliot Young
Masters of Architecture Graduate, University of Oregon 2009
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A recycled farm silo in Demark aims to transform community 

How to reuse former industrial sites is a familiar planning problem to many urban cities. But for the bucolic rural towns, what about unused vacant silos? This quandary has arisen in many towns in Denmark that have centrally located industrial silos, most of which are no longer in use, but continue to fill the skyline.

C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma, found a solution to the client's, Løgten Midt A/S ,silo problem in the Danish town of Løgten north of Aarhus, where the former silo complex has been transformed into a rural 3,000-square-metre high-rise. Instead of storing grain or other agriculture products, the Sil(o)houette features with 21 residences composed as individual and unique stacked villas, according to the architect.

Rather than contribute to suburb sprawl, with small houses filing in the farmlands or the standard apartment towers, these new residences are a mix of single-storey flats and maisonettes, so that even the lower levels have views of the countryside and no two flats are the same.

The actual silo contains staircases and lifts, and provides the base of a common roof terrace. Around the tower, the apartments are built upon a steel structure in distinct forms that protrude out into the light and the landscape – a bit like Lego blocks or the game Jenga.

This unusual structure with its protrusions and displacements also offers outdoor spaces, and views of Aarhus Bay and the city. Similarly, every apartment will be filled with natural light whether placed to the north or south of the silo structure.

At the foot of the silo, is a new 1,500-square-metre village centre, with a public space surrounded by a mixed-use complex with shops, a supermarket and terraced housing, and a park containing small allotments for the residents.

The unique nature of the rural high rise- as a converted silo – will mean that no other building in the area can be erected to the same height. By creating a distinct presence among the farmland and other residences, the rural high rise is an example how architects can transform an obsolete or outdated into a more modern one that can forge a new identity for a community while introducing more density in a more sensitive manner.

The body of the silo is deliberately left visible on the side of the building facing the new centre, the architect said, to acknowledge the history of the site and that these types of structures are as much rural historical markers as the church bell-tower or windmills.

Jennifer Potash
News Editor

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Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller

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