arcgency’s shipping container offices in copenhagen are made to be moved
photography by rasmus hjortshøj
all images courtesy of arcgency

 

 

 

copenhagen’s northern harbor is transitioning from a purely industrial location to part of the larger city. during this transformation, former factories, loading piers and port terminals have become vacant while the rate of development catches up. designed by local practice arcgency, a project entitled ‘made to move’ introduces a temporary building typology to efficiently inhabit these vacant lots.

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the project introduces a temporary building typology to efficiently inhabit vacant lots

 

 

 

stacked three storeys high, the used shipping containers are conceived as an experimental prefabricated scheme that challenges universal waste issues and traditional building techniques. the span between the units is utilized as flexible space for primary workspace functions, while interiors can be used for secondary functions such as meeting rooms, workshops and storage.

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the used shipping containers are stacked three storeys high

 

 

 

the container stack is wrapped with high performing insulated sandwich panels, which help protect against the harsh scandinavian climate. the cladding is bolted directly onto the container frame – as are the windows, roof elements and internal floor slabs. visible installations are used for water, electricity and heating, making it easy to set up and take down.

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
office space within the design

 

 

 

from the 40 foot long spaces inside the containers to the triple height voids between them, the various spatial experiences and scales invite a range of uses. different levels and large interior windows make it possible to create the feeling of working in a collaborative atmosphere, with teams inhabiting different parts of the building. furthermore, large full height openings allow natural light deep inside the office throughout the day, minimizing the need for artificial light.

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the units over look the adjacent waterfront

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that internal spaces are filled with daylight

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
large interior windows create the feeling of working in a collaborative atmosphere

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the span between the units is utilized as flexible space for primary workspace functions

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the container stack is wrapped with high performing insulated sandwich panels

arcgency made to be moved shipping container office building copenhagen designboom
the cladding helps protect against the harsh scandinavian climate

 

 

project info:

 

type: container office building
location: nordhavnen, copenhagen, denmark
completed: 2015
client: unionkul a/s
size: 660 sqm
architect: arcgency
engineer: structural, slothmøller. energy, steensen & varming
photography: coast_ rasmus hjortshøj

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