Mekoprint Chemi

Mekoprint Chemi

Henning Larsen
Støvring, Denmark
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Mekoprint Chemi

Henning Larsen as Architects

Mekoprint bought a closed down factory originally consisting of several buildings and building parts of various types. Storage silos, technical installations and other dispensable parts were demolished as first step in the reconstruction process. Henning Larsen Architects' assignment was to tie the remaining buildings together and adapt them to their new purpose, and subsequently to design and build a new administration building.

After the reconstruction, the factory holds a uniform and homogeneous expression. It now consists of two buildings only – the factory and the administration division. The 130 metre long front of the building towards Hobrovej presents itself as one long copper covered facade with a number of window openings, placed at a rhythm of four by four.

Unlike other factories in the area, the administration building is placed at the back of the factory, away from Hobrovej – a location, which adds a clear image and a simple appearance in contrast to the busy road. In view of the building functions, the factory appears not to have an actual ‘back’.

The facades of the production division consist of a wooden structure covered with laminated copper. The administration division is covered with light copper coffers and appears smooth against the sinusoidal structure of the production building. In the course of time, the expression of the building is refined as the copper patinates.

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