Author : Chris Dove

University : Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art

Status : Post Graduate Diploma, 2014

Title : Tekstiler Kvartal, Nørrebro, Kobnhavn

The Tekstiler Kvartal of Nørrebro  is located in the centre of a large urban block in Copenhagen. The blocks of Nørrebro are of an unusually large proportion, and used to contain industrial buildings at their centres which would provide work for the district. These centres were completely lost in a series of over zealous slum clearance in the 1960s. The thesis looks to reintroduce the idea of industry in the centre of a block, to form a new urban strategy for Nørrebro.

The Tekstiler Kvartal creates a situation in the centre of a block, consisting of two large industrial components that occupy the territory in the centre. These large glass and concrete components contain the spaces for recycling and making of the textiles into raw material in which young designers can use. An archive of textiles is established. The introduction of glass and concrete, into the centre of the block, acts as a new typology of architecture in the centre of the block. These industrial spaces are contrasted by a layer of smaller scale, studio spaces, which connect the industrial centre with the retail and residential edge of the block. The studio components of the Kvartal are of a solid brick construction, reminiscent of the traditional Danish typology in which it sit. The studios look to act as an intermediate element between the centre and the perimeter through the use of scale, materiality and the introduction of outside shared spaces. These exterior spaces act as a common ground between the industry and the residential edge, encouraging the integration of the public into the industry, and with it the reinvention of Nørrebro.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Chris Dove_ The most important aspect of the Tekstiler Kvartal is the consideration of the block as a whole. The project is not an aspect of industry that ignores its surroundings, the idea is to design something that can give something back to the context in which it sits. The design of the Tekstiler Kvartal encompasses architecture and landscape on equal measure, in an attempt to tackle a complicated design challenge with a holistic architectural proposal.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
CD_ I’m incredibly interested in furniture design and sculpture. On my year out I completed a stone installation and public seating opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and Jean Nouvel’s One New Change in central London.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
CD_ I found the most important thing I learnt in architecture school is to remember your own values, and architectural manifesto. It is incredibly important to listen to, converse with and learn from your tutors, and importantly your fellow students. However, this must not lead your design intentions, and you must always stay true to your own beliefs, allowing these to shape the projects you design, and the decisions you make.

S//A : Describe your dream project
CD_ I would love to work in Scandinavia one day. The quality of construction and materials are something that can really determine the overall quality of a finished, delivered project, and after travelling around Denmark and Sweden, this is something that has really impressed me with that area of the world. This attention to detail is something I always try to take with me throughout my work right the way through from the larger scales right the way down to the micro. I would love to one day complete a project which addresses urban issues, but also resolves architectural details in a simple but sophisticated manner.