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COPENHAGEN: RENOVATION BY DANISH

If you ask a resident of the Danish capital to give an example of a quality architectural reconstruction, he will answer: Ködbuen. In the old butcher quarter in the east of Copenhagen today the most fashionable bars and restaurants are quartered. It seems that this has already happened in New York: in the former slaughterhouses, vegan cafes and galleries suddenly appeared, with installations hung on butchers hooks. There is no coincidence here, since Ködbuen partially copied his new life from the New York City Meatpacking District.

At the beginning of the 2000s, he almost turned into a “ghost town”: the meat industry moved out of town, and the cattle yards remained idle. In Copenhagen, where every inch of land is subject to compulsory development and processing, they could not look at such waste without tears. And in 2005, the city government began to hand over the premises to gallery owners, restaurateurs, club owners, just good pros, ready to start all over again. A few butchers remained in Ködbyuene: at about four in the morning when the clubs are closing, the changing of the guard takes place here. Exhausted party-goers go home, and strong men in blood-stained aprons take over the work.

But the metropolitan “reformatting” of industrial zones began with the Islands-Bruges region, which is behind the enormous Langebro drawbridge connecting the Old Town with the island of Amager.
Until the end of the 1980s, the area behind the bridge was the darkest place where the poor and the outcasts settled. Now, in the former factory buildings, expensive apartments, and the Islands-Bruges quay has blossomed and has become a favorite place for summer doing nothing.

A couple of minutes from the bridge reveals one of the reasons for its heyday – the first open baths in Copenhagen. There are already about ten. But in the early 2000s, when the city’s harbor was finally recognized as suitable for swimming, and the now-defunct architectural bureau PLOT fenced off a small part of it at the bridge, the simple pool was proudly called a new type of urban public space. What he showed himself with time.

The embankment in the “reformatted” industrial zone of the Islands-Bruges has become an excellent place for jogging

The embankment in the “reformatted” industrial zone of the Islands-Bruges has become an excellent place for jogging

Now there are five pools, two of them – children’s “frogs” (including a swimming pool with a depth of 30 centimeters for one-year-old Vikings), the quality of water is checked every day. The quarter near the baths is called Havnestaden, “a town by the harbor”.

Here are the two most famous buildings of the Islands-Bruges quarter built in the 1960s: the first is the 16-story Vennberg silo tower, which resembles the central crematorium from Brave New World, and the second is the colossal “binoculars” of the “Gemini Residence” that once kept the forage materials. Both are now residential buildings with beautiful apartments.

Previously, on the site of a residential quarter was a huge feed mill. It was built in 1909 without much love for architecture. But over time, the plant became, in the language of urbanists, a district-forming enterprise: in the 1950s, more than 1,200 people already worked here. Silos, of which “Gemini Residence” turned out, were erected in 1963 – two cylinders of bare concrete, each 42 meters high and 25 meters in diameter.

When in the early 1990s the plant closed, the question arose of what to do with these colossi, which appeal to the aesthetic eye of low-rise Copenhagen. Take down? Simply simple, but the Danes are practical. There is a basic design of durable, high-quality concrete – it remains to think of what to “wear” on it.

So now looks the area of ​​Islands-Bruges, which just 30 years ago was the gloomy abode of the marginal public

So now looks the area of ​​Islands-Bruges, which just 30 years ago was the gloomy abode of the marginal public

They invented a residential building: everyone in Copenhagen dreams of living with a glimpse of water in the window, and here such beautiful views of the harbor. First decided to place the apartments inside the hollow towers, but the idea was quickly shallowed for two reasons. Firstly, it is difficult to make the right amount of openings in concrete – windows and doors, and secondly, to hide something, even apartments, is not of a Danish character.

Copenhagenans, as any tourist will notice, rarely hang curtains – even in apartments on the first floor. For a curious traveler who gets the opportunity to observe the Danish life from the first row, this circumstance is on hand – but as long as he doesn’t cater with a suitcase to such an apartment or hotel room. The absence of curtains, which no one warned about, causes the most bilious comments, but for the Danes this is the norm and principle: there is little in the northern parts of the world without that. Besides, a good Protestant has nothing to hide.

So, the apartments decided not to hide. There was only one option – to place them outside the towers, as if sticking to the concrete cylinders around the entire circumference. Inside they made a colossal atrium, like a geometric puzzle. Apartments are unusual – wavy and with windows to the floor, not at all like the concrete boxes in which most people live.

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