The apartments, a steel structure built around the silo, protrude into the light and the landscape like LEGO bricks.
Many towns in Denmark have centrally located industrial silos, mostly not in use, that continue to visually dominate the local skyline. In the small town of Løgten, north of Aarhus, the former silo complex has been transformed into a”‘rural high-rise” with 21 residences: Siloetten.
The Siloetten residences by C.F. Møller Architects, an alternative to standard apartments or detached suburban sprawl, are a mix of single story flats and maisonettes; no two flats are alike and even the lower levels can enjoy the views. The actual silo contains staircases and lifts, and provides the base of a common roof terrace.
With Siloetten’s protrusions and displacements the structure provides all of the apartments with generous outdoor spaces, as well as views of Aarhus Bay and city. Whether placed to the north or south of the silo structure, each apartment enjoys sunlight in the morning, mid-day and evening.
A new “village center,” a mix-use complex with shops and terraced housing, is located at the foot of the Sil(o)houette. A green park contains small allotments for the residents. To ensure a continued legibility of the history of the site, and to acknowledge that these types of structures have an equal validity as rural historical markers as do the church bell-tower or historic windmills, the body of the silo is deliberately left visible on the side facing the new center.
Because it is a conversion, under different building codes, it will remain a free-standing “rural high-rise” landmark, with no other building in the area built to the same height.
A perfect example of how the transformation of redundant structures hold the potential to both give a new identity, and introduce density to suburban outskirts.
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