Orestad monolith.This proposal for a huge new archives institute in Copenhagen inventively exploits the building's mass.
The redevelopment of the Orestad district of Copenhagen (AR June 1995) aims to implant implant /im·plant/ (im-plant´) to insert or to graft (tissue, or inert or radioactive material) into intact tissues or a body cavity. a lively and predominantly urban mixture of activities to a long finger of land on Amager island, just south of the city centre. Now the individual components of the overall masterplan are beginning to take shape, with architectural competitions being instigated for the development of specific sites. The first such competition was recently organised by the Danish Ministry of Culture for a major state and provincial archives institute on a site immediately to the east of the planned Gronjordsveg city line station. The building will protect and preserve a large quantity of irreplaceable material, as well as making it accessible to researchers, government administrators and the general public. Both the scale and institutional importance of the new building make it a key element in Orestad's future evolution. The brief also raised the issue of how such a large building can relate to the city in a distinct manner without dominating the skyline. (The most visible building in the vicinity is the slab of Jacobsen's Royal Hotel at the north end of Amager.)
Ten practices were invited to take part in the competition. One of the more interesting proposals came from Matthew Priestman Architects in collaboration with Boje Lundgaard & Lene v. t. 1. To lend; to grant; to permit.
a. 1. (Phonetics) Smooth; as, the lene breathing s>.
n. 1. (Phonetics) The smooth breathing (spiritus lenis). Tranberg. Their design seeks to express the building's mass as an elegantly proportioned monolith (not unlike Jacobsen's hotel block). The archives are contained in a central core enclosed en·close also in·close
tr.v. en·closed, en·clos·ing, en·clos·es
1. To surround on all sides; close in.
2. To fence in so as to prevent common use: enclosed the pasture. by a dark casing of oiled steel. Wrapped around this brooding shrine is a glazed glaze
1. A thin smooth shiny coating.
2. A thin glassy coating of ice.
a. A coating of colored, opaque, or transparent material applied to ceramics before firing.
b. skin, set 5m apart from the archive core. At ground level is an entrance volume containing the building's reception, together with a lecture hall lecture hall n → sala de conferencias;
(UNIV) → aula
lecture hall lecture n → amphithéâtre m
and exhibition area. This connects vertically with public levels at the top of the block; between them are 15 storeys of archive stacks. Like a 'building within a building', the library, reading rooms, offices and staff facilities are organised around a toplit four-storey atrium atrium (ā`trēəm), term for an interior court in Roman domestic architecture and also for a type of entrance court in early Christian churches. The Roman atrium was an unroofed or partially roofed area with rooms opening from it. , within a dissolved interior landscape of ramps and mezzanines. Elevated on the podium podium
In architecture, a pedestal on a large scale. It may be any of various elements that form the base of a structure, such as the platform forming the floor and substructure of a Classical temple, a low wall supporting columns, or the structurally or decoratively of the archive core, all the public and staff levels enjoy panoptic views of Copenhagen. Symbolically, as the building rises, its mass is gradually fragmented. The steel carcass carcass, carcase
1. the body of an animal killed for meat. The head, the legs below the knees and hocks, the tail, the skin and most of the viscera are removed. The kidneys are left in and in most instances the body is split down the middle through the sternum and the vertebral is split and penetrated, fracturing into lighter, glazed upper levels. The proposal has a calm, refined intensity, embodying a thoroughly modern Danish sensibility.