Award: Residential, Gold, 2022
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect: Juul Frost Architects
A former book distribution centre has been transformed into a creative and supportive community in which to live and work for freelancers, young creatives, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Located in one of Copenhagen’s nine creative zones - Siljangade comprises 138 commercial apartments that can function as an apartment or workspace, or a combination of the two. Each of the apartments, which are set over floor storeys, range from 48 to 86 m2.
The building aims to rethink the traditional idea of a workspace and office by enabling residents to live and work in the same studio, for optimum life/work balance. The shared ground floor creates the ideal surroundings to encourage exchange of ideas and knowledge between visitors and residents. It is also designed to foster the creation of new social and professional communities through co-working areas, a gym, roof terrace, lounge, meeting rooms, basement parking and eatery. While a community manager is on hand to facilitate joint activities.
Sustainability is prioritized at Siljangade – reuse of the old industrial building’s core structure helped to dramatically minimize the CO2 footprint of the construction stage. The Kitchen at Siljangade is an environmentally conscious restaurant with ingredients sourced from the in-house vertical farm in the building’s basement - herbs and leafy greens are harvested here and taken straight up to the cafe. It doesn’t get much more local than that.
Photo credit: NREP / Juul Frost Architects / Niels Nygaard
ARCHITECT: Juul Frost Architects
CONTRACTOR: Jonsson A/S
- STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: MOE Denmark