In this competition teams were asked to develop a future scenario for the former Carlsberg factory area that would be abandoned now the production line of the factory would move to somewhere else. In our approach, we tried to answer three basic questions:
(1. IDENTITIES) The existing Carlsberg area consists of groups of buildings with very strong personalities. Both parks and built environments are caracterized by their historical and programatical conformation. How to intervene in the whole district without weakening the existing fragmented identities? (2. CLUSTER)The collages of different buildings are the result of specific programmatic necessities (production of beer, distribution by horses, horses need hay, hay needs storage, etc…). All together these collages of buildings depend on each other and function as a ‘whole’. (3. ON THE EDGE OF CITY AND SUBURB)The Carslberg District is situated on the cutting edge between an urban and a suburban Copenhagen: between an urban inner city and a greener outer city ring. What type of urban morphology could work as a hinge between those textures?
We planned the New Carlsberg District as a conglomerate of dense clusters and open areas with strongly defined characters. We reafirmed existing identities and created new clusters, allowing the site to grow ‘spontaneaous and flexible’ through collages of buildings. The patchwork of open areas and dense urban clusters would form a transition area between the urban centre and the outer city districts.
Architects: PRODUCTORA (Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles) / Collaborators: Jorge Cárdenas, Alberto Oderiz, Marek Prikryl / Location: Copenhagen, Denmark / Date: February 2007 / Type: City planning / Urbanism