Jaegersborg Water Tower

Jaegersborg Water Tower, Gentofte, Denmark, Dorte Mandrup
Project year: 2006
Address: Ørnegårdsvej 21, GENTOFTE, Denmark
Latitude/Longitude: 55.761133328739,12.521287924283893

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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS won in 2004 the competition to convert Jægersborg Water Tower into a mixed-use building. On the upper floors, student housing units mark the perimeter of the existing structure. Each unit is expressed by a protruding crystal-like add-on that brings daylight into the apartment, and offers unobstructed views to the surrounding landscape. Together, the crystals and the communal balconies add both a human scale, and a new sculptural layer, that emphasizes the landmark character of the tower. The lower floors are inhabited by a youth center, and contain several large multipurpose rooms. A combination of tall windows and colored panels create a varied pattern that surrounds the youth center. Large garage-style doors on the ground floor open up to extend the active indoor space into the outdoor playground.

Text description provided by the architects.

Client: Gentofte Municipality and Domea
Landscape: Marianne Levinsen Landscape
Site area: 5370m2
Construction area/foot print: 310m2
Extent/total floor area: 2.880m2

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