The Danish KHR Architects show with their newest work, that buildings made of precast concrete elements don´t have to look like giant, monotonous blocks of flats by force. The repetative façade of their Hedorf Residence Hall, which reminds of some positive examples of socialistic GDR architecture of the 1960s, is based on the geometrically shaped bay window, which breaks the building´s surface on the one hand and creates spacious and dynamic apartments on the other.
What the architects say:
“To get government funding for the residence hall, we had to keep a very strict budget. Therefore, we turned to sandwich panels as a way to solve the financial aspect of the project. At the same time we also wanted to change the bad reputation concrete has. We wanted to show that it is possible to create exciting architecture with sandwich panels and inspire others working with the material to give more thought to the design”, says Mikkel Beedholm architect and partner in KHR arkitekter.
In the corner of the bay window is a triangular window. The window is constructed with the dense concrete wall behind, which has the effect that the window almost mirrors in the window frame.
“Normally you place the front wall just in front of the back wall, men I made the factory design the elements so that the back wall is drawn away from the front wall. The effect is a more slim expression at the window and because of the light is mirrored in the interior white recess, the building also let more light out to the street. It is a small detail with a great effect – the entire building becomes slimmer and less bombastic than usual”, says Beedholm.