New life to old industrial area at Dalum Paper Factory in Odense
Large production buildings and vibrant activity have previously characterised the area around the old Dalum Paper factory. A master plan that transforms the area into a diverse district with new and old buildings brings new life to the area, which is woven together with the nearby nature and the city of Odense, Denmark. The new district will be open to the green surroundings of the Odense stream and is part of Odense's overall landscape and recreational urban strategy.
Yesterday the foundation stone was laid by Mayor of Odense Municipality Peter Rahbæk Juel, CEO of MT Højgaard Henrik Mielke, Country Director of NIAM Denmark Michael Bertelsen, and architect and Partner at C.F. Møller Architects Michael Kruse.
Feeling the history of the district
The master plan has been developed to preserve the industrial identity of the area, including the transformation of several old buildings into housing, business, and community facilities.
- The history will be felt in the new district. Dalum Paper facotory has a fantastic industrial history that we want to tell through the preservation and transformation of the old industrial buildings, complemented by new housing. It will all be connected to the surrounding nature by the stream in Odense. In this way, new and old are linked - and the history continues and is given new life by transforming the formerly closed industrial area into an open, green, and vibrant district, says Michael Kruse, architect and partner at C.F. Møller Architects.
The iconic shed roofs of the buildings facing the main road Dalumvej are retained as identity-creating landmarks for the new district. In addition to the existing structures, new buildings of varying scale and design will be built with a link to the industrial architecture to ensure the overall atmosphere and uniqueness of the area.
Brick has historically been a common material in the area and will be used in all new buildings. As well as preserving several buildings, much of the old material is also reused in new buildings and the landscape as part of the project's overall sustainability strategy.
- Dalum Paper factory is a historic site in Odense, and a place that has housed an essential workplace for many citizens for over 100 years and has made an important contribution to paper production as the largest and last paper factory in Denmark. It is amazing to see the development of the city over the last 10 years, where Dalum Paper factory is now also the story of urban development of the highest calibre. We look forward to a great and significant project that will write itself into the city's history, says Peter Rahbæk Juel, Mayor of Odense Municipality.
About the master plan for Dalum Paper factory
The master plan of Dalum Paper factory transforms the historic industrial area where Dalum Paper factory was located into a new, diverse district with close contact to both nature and the city of Odense.
The plan includes the construction of 450 dwellings of mixed housing types, part of which will be established as apartments in the existing factory buildings.
Overall, the new development consists of townhouses, apartments, senior living communities, a convenience store, and a community centre. The variety of housing types provides a diverse and vibrant urban area.
A cultural axis will be placed in the centre of the area, helping to convey the history of the paper factory while creating local and close meeting places. The axis - with cultural offerings, shops, and activities - connects the area towards the city with the green surroundings by the river. The green character of the area is further enhanced by a wide green belt along the river, where rainwater basins with recreational seating areas and channels for rainwater management are established. A continuous cycle path provides easy access and green infrastructure to and from Odense city centre.
New business premises already in use
In the iconic building with the shed roofs facing the main road, the first occupants already moved into a new business domicile in early May.
C.F. Møller Architects was also behind this transformation, which turned the old concrete structure into a new business domicile for the AG Group.
The story behind Dalum Paper factory
The original building for Dalum Paper factory by Odense stream was established in 1874 and functioned until 2012, when it had great industrial historical significance nationally and internationally.
Over the years, the factory was one of the most important workplaces in the region. From the 1950s until 2000, the factory grew and developed in particular. This meant that over the years the area was completely covered with industrial buildings built in both concrete, yellow brick, and later red brick. The iconic building facing the main road housed large paper warehouses in elegant concrete structures with impressive vaulted shed roofs. These are preserved as a landmark of the new district.
In cooperation with Odense Municipality and Odense Museum, it has been decided which industrial buildings with historical significance contribute to the area's narrative and should therefore be preserved.
Strong references on transformations
C.F. Møller Architects is also behind the master plan for Guldborgsund Habour city, transforming the industrial harbour into a living district. As well as Aalborg Waterfront and VIA University College Horsens, which have renewed and created new life for old industrial areas.