Day 297/365 of Steel – Dan Stubbergaard

Dan Stubbergaard (born 30 January 1974) is a Danish architect and founder of the architectural firm Cobe. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 2001. From 2001 – 2002 he worked as an architect for MVRDV in Rotterdam in The Netherlands and then moved back to Copenhagen to work with Bjarke Ingels from 2002-2005. COBE was founded in Copenhagen in 2006 and currently has 150 employees.

The Silo
Fig 1: The Silo
Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Dan Stubbergaard and Cobe are behind several award-winning design projects – e.g. Nørreport Station – Copenhagen’s busiest station; The Silo and the planning of Copenhagen’s Nordhav, Halftime – a new iconic building for adidas’ headquarters in Germany and Ragnarock -– Denmark’s museum for rock music in Roskilde.

The Silo (2017)

One of my all-time favorite refurbishments and the perfect proof that instead of demolishing a building, you should always try first to give it a new life and purpose.
The Silo is part of the transformation of Copenhagen’s North Harbor into a new city district.

The Silo
Fig 2: The Silo
Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

The former grain storage facility has been reinvented as the Silo, housing residential apartments and public functions. The spirit of the original silo was retained, by simply draping it with a new overcoat. The aim was to transform it from the inside out in such a way its new inhabitants and the surrounding urban life would highlight the structure’s identity and heritage.

The Silo
Fig 3: The Silo
Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Hence the use of batch galvanized steel for the façade, which patinates in a raw way and retains the original harbor character and material feel, lending a roughness and raw beauty to the area.

The Silo
Fig 4: The Silo
Photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Source: The Silo, EGGA. Pictures: Rasmus Hjortshoj

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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