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Buildings

Circular construction

Product life extension and reuse

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Retrofit for CO2 reductions

4. January 2023
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Solution provider

Juul Frost Architects

Juul Frost Architects is an award-winning multidisciplinary studio with a holistic approach and a human focus. The purpose of our architecture and urban development is to promote quality of life, health and well-being.

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Challenge

All over the world, run-down industrial areas and worn-out buildings are left empty as society and industry changes. The retrofitting of existing buildings holds great potentials. Through retrofitting we can secure significant reductions in the constructions CO2 footprint and add new energy to neighbourhoods.

The transformation of Siljangade recycles the existing raw house, which amounts to approx. 80% of the building’s CO2 footprint – An approach that leads to a large reduction in the constructions CO2 footprint.

Solution

New ways of living and working

Juul Frost Architects, NREP, JÖNSSON A / S and MOE have transformed Siljangade into a creative environment for small, local companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. A place that offers new ways of living in a new combination between private life, business and community. Siljangade comprises 138 commercial apartments, that range from 48 to 86 m2 divided between four floors. The individual lease can function as an apartment or workspace, or a combination of both.

The building is designed with common functions that create a framework for social and professional communities. They include co-working areas, gym, roof terrace, lounge, meeting rooms, basement parking and eatery. Siljangade has a community manager who facilitates joint activities and the creation of new networks. The eatery on Siljangade is a socially and environmentally conscious restaurant that is open to everyone and receives ingredients from Siljangade’s own urban farm.

Preserving the building’s raw atmosphere and creating a consistent experience across courtyards, common rooms and the individual studio.

Result

A green transformation – an industrial atmosphere

The transformation of Siljangade recycles the existing raw house, which amounts to approx. 80% of the building’s CO2 footprint – An approach that leads to a large reduction in the constructions CO2 footprint. With the preservation of many existing concrete structures and surfaces reduces the project’s resource consumption and economy.

With the recycling of the raw house, emphasis has been placed on preserving the building’s raw atmosphere and creating a consistent experience across courtyards, common rooms and the individual studio, with a consistent use of concrete, raw materials and color schemes.

Adds new energy to the neighbourhood 

The former book distribution center has been transformed under the vision of ”Synergy, Cooperation and Visibility” and helps to revitalize the former industrial area. Siljangade is an example of ”Urban Acupuncture” – The architecture adds new energy to the area and contributes to the positive development of the district. The building has been developed as a meeting place that supports new forms of collaboration, synergy and knowledge sharing. The shared ground floor with common functions creates physical surroundings for exchange of ideas and knowledge between the house’s users and residents. The open and accessible communal facilities increases exchange and interaction with the immediate surroundings and neighbors – thereby the building also contributes to the social life around Siljangade.

In 2022 the project won the WAN Awards in the Residential Category.

 

Siljangade comprises 138 commercial apartments, that range from 48 to 86 m2 divided between four floors. The individual lease can function as an apartment or workspace, or a combination of both.