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Application Number 0000701524
Author Young, Francis , Denmark
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Work title: Njalsgade (0000701524)

This project questions the social and spatial role of the commodity process as part of our network society of outsourcing, in a developed urban economy. Outsourcing reduces our awareness of the sustainable and ethical sourcing of materials and labour; similarly, it increasingly individualises the labour market. The precedent programme is a military hardware reconditioning institute. As a commodity, the private sale and [re]distribution of formerly public assets is justified in the value-added activitieson-site; design, research and material development. Participation and interaction with these processes is key in developing a programme; consumer loyalty proliferates through an intimate understanding of a commodity process. A vacant ex-military brownfield site on Njalsgade, Copenhagen has been chosen as ideal for programme development; the site forms the Northern point of the regional scale Ørestad ‘knowledge corridor’. The form must accommodate two adversaries; the supply-oriented, linear and efficient commodity process, primarily measured quantitively and with preferences to it’s own ideal form(s); and the enhanced personal experiences of the users of the site, measured more qualitively and with much more sensitive parameters, such as legibility and access. Courtyards and passages open up the monolith on a human scale, while the dismantling and continuing weight reduction of the military components, allows the process to ascend uninterrupted through the structure in a continuous process. The courtyards are designed as urban epoches, filling the structure with light and air and giving partial ‘urban’ views to the multi-layered programme. Copenhagen is a city of towers and bridges. Originally of state and crown, they now ornament and orientate the skyline. Similarly, programme surplus to process requirements, such as residences and administration are lifted above the perimeter block structure; the roofscape becomes a new continuous public urban space.