[ Gemini Residence]

Gemini Residence

The Gemini Residence on the Islands Brygge harbourfront was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV and was built in 2002-2005. This striking residential high-rise contains 84 luxury homes and a parking facility. Gemini Residence was converted from the disused seed silo of a former soy bean processing factory, Dansk Sojakagefabrik . The seed silo consisted of two raw and naked concrete cylinders, each 25 metres in diameter. In order to preserve the original shape of the old industrial buildings, the flats were mounted on the outside of the two concrete cylinders. This gives the building a distinct identity as a continuous glass wall which accommodates the wide balconies. For the occupants, the design provides the ultimate view of the waterfront and city. The interior of the silos serves as a lobby for the flats. The lobby space extends to the full height of the building and is skylit by a dome constructed out of a new type of climate shield. The same white lobby space lends a sculptural effect to the balconies and staircases. Gemini Residence is an excellent example of the array of striking buildings by internationally acclaimed architects that have shot up in Copenhagen in recent years.

Urban redevelopment

  • Story written by: Rasmus Vestergaard
  • Time / Periode 2001 2005

The reappropriation and regeneration of old urban districts is in progress in a great many European cities. The exchange of experience, success stories and novel concepts have paved the way for the development and extension of urban spaces based on new, creative and sustainable strategies. This pan-European movement is emergent in several locations in Denmark - from Aalborg and Aarhus across Sønderborg to Copenhagen, where Gemini Residence at Islands Brygge is one of several examples of how disused and dilapidated buildings can be reappropriated for brand new purposes. But this is far from being a Danish phenomenon: for example, a local group of artists, theatre people, skaters and architects took the initiative for the Amsterdam city council's acquisition in 1999 of the former NDSM shipyard. The plan was to create the city's biggest cultural growth district - and it was successful. In 2008, NDSM moved into a new phase. New local planning made it possible to further develop the district with a focus on culture, settlement, the waterfront and café culture. Aside from the construction of offices, hotels and student housing, the plan is to build up to 3,000 homes in the district. Meanwhile, reappropriation of the former harbour area and shipyards is a way of meeting demand for more housing - just like Islands Brygge in Copenhagen.

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