Jægersborg Water Tower, Denmark
Municipality of Gentofte and Domea
For the transformation of the iconic Jægersborg Water Tower, Dorte Mandrup took a trip down memory lane. Recalling the cramped, damp, dark and often miserable student housing that often goes hand-in-hand with being a student in Copenhagen, Dorte Mandrup was intent on creating living conditions that emphasized quality, light, and optimal use of space - with a view worthy of a penthouse apartment.Read more ↓
The characteristics of the Jægersborg Water Tower originally consisted of two distinctive architectural features: 12 columns and a large circular water tank. Throughout the conversion process, Dorte Mandrup's approach has been to strengthen and maintain the tower as a local landmark by retaining the large-scale columns and the iconic tank.
Dorte Mandrup added a new layer to the living units on a smaller scale: the protruding bay windows accentuating the building’s new function. Furthermore, the bay windows were needed to ensure a more tangible living area. A leisure centre is located between the ground floor and the third floor and the student housing is placed between the fourth and eighth floors.