Designed by the Dutch office MVRDV, the Gemini residence is the conversion of two old silos (the name come certainly from the twin buildings) in housing, on the Waterfront of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The architects had to deal with the existing structure, and several “weaknesses”: a silo is a dark place, with no openings. And the structure, even if strong enough to store tons of grains, will hardly support new load from apartments and openings to bring light to the new inhabitants. Consequently, they develop the apartments on the outside, in order to open only doors on the existing structure, and offer apartment a completely glassed façade, taking the most of the low-rising light of northern countries.
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Year 2001 – 2005
Client NCC, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sources: Ar[t]chi dépendante, MVRDV
Reading further: A+U MVRDV files I, Projects 002-209, 02:11, 2002