norrebro

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Tekstiler Kvartal

Chris Dove / Thesis / Post Graduate Diploma / Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art / Glasgow, UK / July 2014

The Tekstiler Kvartal of Nørrebro  is located in the centre of a large urban block in Copenhagen. The blocks of Nørrebro are of an unusually large proportion, and used to contain industrial buildings at their centres which would provide work for the district. These centres were completely lost in a series of over zealous slum clearance in the 1960s. The thesis looks to reintroduce the idea of industry in the centre of a block, to form a new urban strategy for Nørrebro.

The Tekstiler Kvartal creates a situation in the centre of a block, consisting of two large industrial components that occupy the territory in the centre. These large glass and concrete components contain the spaces for recycling and making of the textiles into raw material in which young designers can use. An archive of textiles is established. The introduction of glass and concrete, into the centre of the block, acts as a new typology of architecture in the centre of the block. These industrial spaces are contrasted by a layer of smaller scale, studio spaces, which connect the industrial centre with the retail and residential edge of the block. The studio components of the Kvartal are of a solid brick construction, reminiscent of the traditional Danish typology in which it sit. The studios look to act as an intermediate element between the centre and the perimeter through the use of scale, materiality and the introduction of outside shared spaces. These exterior spaces act as a common ground between the industry and the residential edge, encouraging the integration of the public into the industry, and with it the reinvention of Nørrebro.

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Tekstiler Kvartal

Chris Dove / Thesis / Post Graduate Diploma / Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art / Glasgow, UK / July 2014

The Tekstiler Kvartal of Nørrebro  is located in the centre of a large urban block in Copenhagen. The blocks of Nørrebro are of an unusually large proportion, and used to contain industrial buildings at their centres which would provide work for the district. These centres were completely lost in a series of over zealous slum clearance in the 1960s. The thesis looks to reintroduce the idea of industry in the centre of a block, to form a new urban strategy for Nørrebro.

The Tekstiler Kvartal creates a situation in the centre of a block, consisting of two large industrial components that occupy the territory in the centre. These large glass and concrete components contain the spaces for recycling and making of the textiles into raw material in which young designers can use. An archive of textiles is established. The introduction of glass and concrete, into the centre of the block, acts as a new typology of architecture in the centre of the block. These industrial spaces are contrasted by a layer of smaller scale, studio spaces, which connect the industrial centre with the retail and residential edge of the block. The studio components of the Kvartal are of a solid brick construction, reminiscent of the traditional Danish typology in which it sit. The studios look to act as an intermediate element between the centre and the perimeter through the use of scale, materiality and the introduction of outside shared spaces. These exterior spaces act as a common ground between the industry and the residential edge, encouraging the integration of the public into the industry, and with it the reinvention of Nørrebro.

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Bike Class Trips: 

So in the past two weeks, I have gone on two bike trips with my classes.  The first one we explored a very large area of the city.  We went through Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, and Norrebro.  It was a GREAT trip.  I havent been to any of the areas we biked through so it was very interesting and a fantastic way to see the city.  Vesterbro my teacher describes as “more pit bull than poodle”, while frederiksberg, its neighbor area is “more poodle than pit bull”.

Vesterbro is a lively ‘young people’ area of the city, that used to be the red light area and somewhat seedy, (red light is still there but the whole area is much nicer now and much more colorful and cultural).  We saw some interesting parks, side streets, and in general just meandered through the city.  

Then we transitioned into Frederiksberg which is an enclave completely surrounded by Copenhagen, and a 'richer’ area of the city.  Also a very nice area and we biked along a tree lined wide avenue, than went up a hill !!! (hills in copenhagen !?, although very gentle and shallow), which ended at the entrance to a large park and palace that I am really anxious to return to.  The weather has been great, and this day was absolutely clear and a little crisp, very fall like.  

After Frederiksberg, we went on the 'green bike route’ and old rail track that connects interior areas of the city, and traveled through Norrebro, before ending back at 'the lakes’ in the city center.

My other bike tour also went along the 'green route’, except we spent time sketching things and analyzing the spaces, including the new 'red square’, soon to open (the very red and purple picture).  Norrebro, is a little bit more coarse and less polished than other areas of Copenhagen but has a fantastic character and charm.  Lots of interesting food places (also cheaper!), small cafes and in general neat areas of the city to further explore. 

On the weekend, some Cal Poly friends from Stockholm came to visit.  We went around the city, seeing the major sites, and walked a lot.  We went to Tivoli before it closed for the season, which was really fun.  I was able to have some German beer and a German pretzel YUM.

I get so many emails about things to do & see in Copenhagen, so I thought I’d share a small selection of favourites (as always, I have a soft spot for Nørrebro). Part two is coming soon!


COPENHAGEN’S WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Lakes

Kind of Blue, whose barman is Lou Reed’s unknown twin

Gløgg till you drop at Hviids Vinstue

Dream livin’ at Finn Juhl’s house

Fresh sourdough from Meyer’s or Nordisk Brødhus

Rodin at the Carlsberg Glyptotek

Sit by the windows at Paté Paté

Grød

Stop looking, it ain’t gonna change



(My Copenhagen guide for TOURISM; my guide for Frankie)

Got mugged in Norrebro.

Not hurt.  Just my iPhone is no longer with me.  Helping someone with directions and then they took my phone.  How friendly? Huh?

The Police were fantastic.  I love how everything runs so smoothly with your CPR card (Danish Social Security).

I probably wont be seeing my phone again.  

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Red : Black : Green (Nørrebro, Copenhagen ) - Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex

It’s a difficult ask for architects, landscape architects and artists to come together as succinctly as is shown by this project. Very few things are better for the urban realm than when a project like this happens, especially when it’s one that considers sustainability and engages the local community in its undertaking. 

As a design only can, it firstly hopes to strengthen social connections in this multicultural corner of Nørrebro, while also celebrating the areas distinct eclecticism…Read more.

I’m certainly a fan of this series of connected works, albeit a little on the overtly colourful side for me!