The SILO – From Storing And Handling Grains To Housing People

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We live in a world where building usages are constantly changing and evolving. As factories move out of city limits, planners have to find alternate usages for such spaces. One school of thought ‘redevelops’ such areas ground-up, another, like the SILO project in Copenhagen (, Denmark, works around the existing building. Once used as a grainery, this building has been ‘transformed’ into a habitable place, without altering the basic structure.










The 17-storey transformed silo is a natural point of orientation in Copenhagen’s neighborhood Nordhavn.












The spatial variation within the original silo is immense due to the various functions of storing and handling grain, creating space for 38 unique apartments.












Single and multi-level apartments range from 106 m2 to 401 m2 in size, with floor heights of up to 7 meters.












Both the top and lower levels have public access, to ensure a multi-dimensional experience for the various users of the building. The Silo is inhabited, but also a destination. An urban focal point for the new development at Nordhavn.




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