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The White Meat City

Functionalist meat hall

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Bordering on Halmtorvet, Skelbækgade and Ingerslevsgade in Vesterbro in Copenhagen, you'll find the White Meat City. It is currently being transformed from an industrial food district to a creative free zone. Copenhagen's then city architect, Poul Holsøe, designed the meat city in 1931-34. It is considered a masterpiece of functionalist architecture that is built up symmetrically around the huge meat and pork halls with sawtooth roofs and one big superstructure letting in the light. The two- to four-storey reinforced concrete buildings have smooth white facades and large closely-spaced windows with metal frames painted blue.

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Copenhagen's own Meat Packing District

For more than one hundred years, the White Meat City was a restricted access industrial area. But in 2007 it was opened. Ever since, the old packing district has been undergoing a major transformation. Today, it is a creative hotspot", inspired partly by the famous Meat Packing District in New York. At the Jolene Bar in the White Meat City, I meet a student who appreciates its charm: "There's a lot going on. We came over from Sweden tonight because we'd heard a lot of good things about the Meat City. It's the first time I've been here, but I once lived in Berlin and the atmosphere here is a bit like it. The same idea of partying in a pretty rough industrial area. It's cool!" "

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