Valby Machinery Halls: Assembly Hall
Phase 1: De Forenede Ejendomsselskaber (DFE), Phase 2: Jørgen Friis Poulsen
10,100 m², 1400 m² office, 1200 m² event and community centre as well as 66 living units
Jørgen Friis Poulsen A/S
C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects and Schønherr
- Blueprint Award, highly commended. 2019
The Assembly Hall is a listed building, and in connection with the conversion, C.F. Møller also contributed an analysis of the conservation value of the hall. This value relates, among other things, to the hall's 200-metre long building volume, the façade’s red-lead steel grating structure, infilled with panels of red brick, and the characteristic gable motif, denoted by the hall's curved roof and prism-shaped skylights.
In order to preserve the hall’s unique patina, the new commercial premises and the event and community building, located at opposite ends of the building, are insulated from the inside by a climate screen of glass. Behind the glass, you can still see traces of the hall's previous use. At each end of the hall a new interior volume has been inserted, supported by an industrial steel structure in line with the building's original expression.
In the middle section of the hall, where the residential units are located, a new set-back façade has been built, ensuring good daylight conditions all the way through the apartments. With the help of a steel structure mounted on the new façade, the cadence and the long, rhythmic flow of the original façade are continued. The steel structure is also used to mount the balconies. Each residential unit has a balcony or ground-floor terrace, and a living room with a large west-facing glass section that spans the width of the entire room.