Contemporary offices in North-West district of Copenhagen

2018-2019 | Client: AKF Holding

Attractive offices respecting the small industry characteristics of the North-West district:
Building regulatory procedures, planning, design and specification

The four buildings on Dortheavej 10 and 12 in Copenhagen are excellent examples of the North-West district’s small-scale industry. The buildings were constructed in the early 20th Century and originally housed The Copenhagen Tallow Melting Company (Kjöbenhavns Talgsmelteri) and, later on, The Copenhagen Furniture Factory (Københavns Møbelfabrik).

The owner AKF Holdings wanted to develop the buildings and generally improve the area. The buildings needed a thorough renovation in order to convert them to attractive and contemporary office spaces.

Larsens Tegnestue was responsible for planning, building regulatory procedures (including change of category function), design, detailing, specification, tender, construction supervison and coordination with the new tenants’ wishes and needs.

We worked towards integrating the industrial features in the renovation in order to create attractive and functional solutions respecting the history of the buildings and the surroundings.

The design highlighted construction elements and selected, original materials. We devised a solution, less intrusive with regards to the buildings, to the improvement to the indoor climate by establishing local micro ventilation systems. We designed an installation solution combining the local micro ventilation systems with central heating, electrical power and network installation. Our design adapted the installations to the simple and clean workshop style of the workspaces.

Larsens Tegnestue provided new, open space solutions by, for instance, demolishing some walls, adding new windows to allow light admittance from both sides of the rooms and removing two upper floor decks to create double high spaces.

One tenant, .506, already resided in Dortheavej 12 with their production kitchen or ‘culinary laboratory’. They decided to relocate their offices to the newly renovated offices in the same building.

Another of the new tenants is Ole & Steen (Danish bakery chain store), who have chosen the newly renovated buildings as location for their headquarters.

Larsens Tegnestue assisted both Ole & Steen and .506 with the interior design of their offices.