Munkemøllen. C.F. Møller

Munkemøllen

Munkemøllen is a new housing development in the heart of the Danish city Odense. The site lies where Klosterbakken (Cloister hill) forms an arc along the H.C. Andersen Gardens (also known as Fairy Tale Gardens), one of Odense's most popular green spaces, and has a direct relation to the beautiful Odense Cathedral, City Hall, and Flakhaven; Odense's central square.
 Munkemøllen. C.F. Møller
Facts

Client

Arkitektgruppen

Address

Odense, Denmark

Size

4000 m², 30 apartments

Year

2014-2016

Construction

Arkitektgruppen

Engineering

Henry Jensen

Architect

Design architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Executive architect: Creo

Munkemøllen offers apartments that range from 94 to 271 m², across 10 different types of homes, several of them on two levels, and all with access to quality outdoor spaces. The architectural concept is inspired by the typology of the "monastery" and interprets the architectural designs that already exist on the site. The complex is laid out as an enclave of brick buildings, enclosing a common courtyard that opens up to the south. The buildings are extrovert, with good contact to the cathedral, the river and the H.C. Andersen Gardens. The upper apartments have large roof terraces with stunning views, and all the floorplan layouts are unusually spacious, with generously sized rooms and living areas.

The history of the site dates back to approximately 1874, where the Munke Mølle Clothing Factory was established in the grounds, which back then was like an island in the Odense river. The project revitalizes the city by transforming the plot, which is currently used as a parking lot, from a visually uninteresting space into an attractive new urban environment. The design takes into account the unique location, by creating a common thread between the new and the historic environment, and using red brick, which is also the dominant facade material of the surrounding historic context.

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