H.C.Ørsted Power Plant / Gottlieb Paludan Architects

H. C. Ørsted power plant / gottlieb paludan architects

In connection with the extension of the 10kV switching station at the H.C. Ørsted CPH Plant, Gottlieb Paludan Architects reinterpreted the traditional brick façade, utilizing the potential and minimizing the limitations of the modern facing wall to create a contemporary technical facility that would integrate with the historical buildings at the site.

H. C. Ørsted power plant / gottlieb paludan architects

As it was no longer possible to service and repair the existing technical facilities, replacements had to be installed and — to increase the challenge further — it had to be done while the original equipment maintained operations. The original building from the 1920s had been extended several times, and the brief was therefore to create a new cohesive design that would incorporate the various small structures at the site and also preserve the link to the past, still evident in the existing buildings.

H. C. Ørsted power plant / gottlieb paludan architects

The new plant was built above and around the old as a concrete building with steps at either end. In this way, the building retained the same height as the existing facility, and the length was adjusted to provide space for any future extensions within the geometry of the building. The new brick façade wraps itself around both the new floors and the old switching station.

H. C. Ørsted power plant / gottlieb paludan architects

The distinctive brick façade has a uniform surface which encloses the technical facilities and brings together the various elements creating the ‘twin buildings’. Every other row of bricks is laid using traditional bricks while the rest are laid with extra wide bricks which sit proud by about five centimetres, creating a ribbed texture. The rows are swapped around at the corners, producing an exquisite toothed pattern. The expansion joints, which are a technical necessity, stand out as distinct vertical lines by the doors on the long side of the building. Gables and long façades have grate-like openings in the brickwork, letting in daylight and providing smoke ventilation in the event of fire.

Project Details:
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Type: Industrial
Area: 385 m²
Architects: Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Client: DONG Energy
Photos: Michael Stabell and Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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