Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects is based in Pakhus 48, a converted warehouse in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen. The warehouse, originally built for the East Asian Company, was constructed in red brick and was subsequently rebuilt whenever necessary. The building is characterised by styles from several periods and needs: part of its charm in the old harbour area.
The firm’s premises, located on the 1st floor, have direct views of the quayside, Kronløbsbassinet, and the entrance to the Copenhagen Harbour. The space was transformed from a 1,800m2, open storage room with visible installations and small, high-up window apertures into a contemporary, bright, and practical office landscape. To the north, west, and south, new windows were established in new holes in the masonry, on a par with the remainder of Pakhus 48.
The inner qualities of the storage room have been preserved in all their rawness. The existing granite terrazzo floor was polished. The brick walls and concrete columns were painted white and retain their visible irregularities. The existing, characteristic steel doors were preserved and painted dark grey.