Dorte Mandrup Mineral water factory

Carlsberg’s old Mineral Water Factory may be listed, but it is no delicate flower. Over many years the historic building has been appropriated to accommodate different needs and this mixed-use project is no exception. Fortune has it that the wounds left behind from years of alterations have evolved into unusual architectural features, compelling enough to accompany the Mineral Water Factory on its latest endeavour as a mixed-use building – combining housing, office and commercial spaces.

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Situated in the historical Carlsberg district of Copenhagen is this 2-in-1 project. Originally the Carlsberg premises for mineral water, today the building comprises a heritage protected site. Gifted a new lease of life, the old space will embody a new mixed-use building, the Mineral Water Factory, and be located next to a familiar, new build by Dorte Mandrup, the Mineral Water House. Conjoined by the existing building's gable, the merge of old and new together comprise the new city block.

The intention is to bring into play and enhance the old factory building. It will attain new purposes as a place for work, leisure, and accommodation, all of which are located in consideration of the existing structure.

The ground floor and first floor will be transformed into retail space while the heart of the building will include 3000m2 of offices, benefitting from the existing double height space. The last two floors will be transformed into 20 loft-style apartments overlooking the characteristic cityscape of the iconic Carlsberg City. A cut in the roof will form a courtyard creating an unique, outdoor space in level with the new homes.

By adding the housing units, we’re ensuring a lively environment after shops and offices close. Residents stay home at various times throughout the day, especially at night, and by combining these functions we ensure urban activity around the clock – and that the Mineral Water Factory will live up to its vibrant past.

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"The interesting thing about the Carlsberg City District is that art and architecture have always been a priority which is highly unusual for an industrial area" - Dorte Mandrup  
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