A-House by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

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A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Danish firm Holgaard Arkitekter have refurbished an industrial building in Copenhagen harbour to create a housing complex, building a new glass facade framed in bronze aluminium.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Called The A-House, the project combines 200 serviced apartments with ten units for shops, laundry facilities, cafes and a gym.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The building contains various types of living unit each aimed at a specific niche.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Landscaping and decking on the roof cover seven penthouses.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Interiors feature cast concrete and granite.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Here's some more information from Holgaard Arkitekter:


Reuse of an old industrial building in the Copenhagen Harbour. The building is called The A-House.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The A-House is a former industrial building dating from 1960. In recent years the building has undergone extensive refurbishment.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Today it provides shops, commercial areas and, mainly, service apartments (furnished apartments attached to hotel facilities such as cleaning, laundry, breakfast and fitness center which you can rent for a day, a month or a year, depending on need).

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The former industrial building has a character and history that you do not find in modern/new buildings. The ambition with the A-House has been to extend the raw industrial building with a new and modern expression, without eliminating the unique character of the old building.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

Untraditional solutions of the interior are used in the modernizing and has resulted in very attractive apartments with cast concrete, cast floors and surfaces of granite. Outside the building has been given a thourough facelift.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The old facade has been completely removed and replaced with a new and transparent glass facade, framed in bronze aluminum, giving the building its new character.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The A-House offers a range of modern and attractive apartment types.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

With a total dwelling count of approx. 200 and a shopping arcade with 10 shop units, the project can be considered as a small "town".

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The A-House is modern dwelling arranged in an old industrial building. The conversion has led to increased attention towards open, recreational space and in that context the roof is constructed as a 4000 square meter landscape with hills, pastures and decking.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

The landscape is classified as a tablecloth over seven hills, as each represents a penthouse.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

A total of 13 stair towers invite all the house residents to stay in the open air with fine views over the city, port and the surrounding landscape of Copenhagen.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

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During the development there has been great attention towards creating a house that presents a large range of resident types.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

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Instead of developing a single housing type with a general appeal, the A-House contains a big variety of housing types, each of which are aimed at narrow segments of people.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

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It has been the goal to create a complex housing environment where many different types of people and age groups, together can create a life in and around the building.

A-HOUSE by Holgaard Arkitekter Copenhagen

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  • Laura

    I would like to see a photo of what the building looked like before

  • edward

    The courtyard looks grim but the project isn’t finished yet. Otherwise good job of reuse.

  • lepimp
  • Sam

    typical danish architecture. These types of designed housing blocks are so popular in copenhagen the last decade or so. Interesting reuse project .

  • Steef

    I love the interior! Very subtle!

  • toppen

    this is the top….
    look at the intereior. I haver ever seen at hausing like this.

  • toppen

    New and old….
    This example is perfect. It is very bountifully….. Tradition and new time is combined in the same work.

  • Torben

    Very nice work – cudos to Holgaard architecht.

  • anne

    Slickness and “raw”ness are coming together as one in this housing project