GIS Buildings

GIS Buildings, Vejen, Denmark, C.F. Møller Architects
Project year : 2013
Architect(s) :
Address : Vandmøllevej 10, VEJEN, Denmark
Latitude/Longitude : 55.50464145211886,9.16487172836289

Size : 1,650 m² (450 m² workshops and 1,200 m² GIS building)
Design architects : C. F. Møller Architects
Executive architect : Kærsgaard & Andersen
Landscape : C. F. Møller Architects

Text description provided by the architects. The Danish Parliament wishes to upgrade the visual appearance of the Danish power grid. As a result, has decided not to construct a new large open-air switchgear station in Vejen, Jutland, but instead build a gas-insulated switchgear station – also called a GIS station.

The idea has been to give the technical enclosure of the station, placed in the open landscape, a distinct architectonic profile, and at the same time maximize the future flexibility.

The enclosure has therefore been designed as a series of modules, each module consisting of a lightweight shell with a slanted roof and a folded exterior surface which adds lateral stability. Arranged in series, the modules create a transparent gill-like envelope with triangular openings, letting ample daylight into the interior and allowing glimpses of the GIS units at the heart of the building.

All this gives the design an unmistakeable and strong sculptural and facetted identity. With the progressing daylight, the folded surface creates an ever-changing play of shadows, altering its appearance all day and all year round.

Contributed by C.F. Møller Architects