Kastrup Værk – Bryggergården

2017- | Taarnby, Denmark

Project: Restoration of an 18th-century factory town
Client: Construction Company Mogens de Linde
Area.: 6500 m2
Status: Onsite
Architect: ELGAARD Architecture
Service: Full-service consultancy
Listed: Yes
Type: Restoration and partly change of function

ELGAARD Architecture is full-service consultants for the restoration of the listed complex Kastrup Værk, also referred to as Bryggergården. Kastrup Værk was founded as a limestone plant in 1749 on an isthmus off Saltholm, and the plant has, building by building, grown concurrently with the expansion or changes in production. As an earthenware and glassworks, Kastrup Værk has among other things produced the world famous Kastrup Fajance (Kastrup Earthenware) and Kastrup Glas (Kastrup Glass). Today only the oldest part of a far bigger complex is preserved.

Change of functions
The project aims to accommodate contemporary housing and commercial units within the buildings of the complex. Concurrently, every square metre will be optimised from attic to basement which gives a huge financial potential for the client when letting out the buildings. ELGAARD Architecture has carried out surveys of the buildings’ archaeological evidence, mapping and evaluation of conservation values and has produced a restoration strategy. Furthermore, we draw up concept designs and applications to the authorities for each building including detailing and supervision in relation to the preliminary design and detailed design.

The buildings’ preservation values are being assessed via the interplay between the potential of the functions, culture-historical value and architectural importance. The restoration strategy ensures the story and special character of the plant being an industrial site will be preserved and sharpened while the buildings discreetly are being optimised accommodating modern lifestyle and work life. Acoustic and indoor environmental solutions are tailored discreetly into each building turning them into modern workplaces and housing preserving their originality and characteristic identity.

As an integrated part of the project problems with ascending soil moisture within the walls and floor slab will be fixed, as well as daylight conditions will be optimised by re-establishing the original dormers and skylights and thereby concurrently enhancing the industrial expression of the plant. Fire safety is introduced according to building regulations.

The project is completed building by building and includes foundations and damp proofing of the foundations as well as establishment of ground slabs. Building envelope including roofs, facades, bays, foundations and floor slabs will be restored. The attic will be post-insulated and inner sash will be installed in the windows and doors/gates. Wet rot and fungus damages will be repaired within the timber constructions: joist system, roof truss, jamb walls, and columns. Furthermore, accessibility and flow will be improved between several buildings, as well as the internal flow and flexibility of a few of the buildings will be optimised, among other things through re-establishing original door openings, improvement of staircase configurations and accessibility between the floors.  All works will be carried out using traditional workmanship’s detailing and materials; all modern-day technology will be discreetly introduced. All interiors will be restored and with a colour scheme matched by conservators.

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