The Timber House

The Timber House is a new parking garage in Copenhagen with a facade of cork and recycled aluminum. The parking garage is located at the new metro station in Nordhavn and can accommodate 350 cars.

The proposal to coat the facade with a pixelated relief of cork and recycled aluminum won the open project competition published by By & Havn in the fall of 2019.

More than 2,700 m2 of cork will cover the facade in combination with recycled aluminum.

This is a gesture to the area’s history as a place where wood is stored and handled and at the same time a desire to add a sustainable and playful element to Nordhavn as a district.

Plan over p-hus i kork og genbrugsaluminium

In addition to providing the area with parking spaces, there is a vibrant, open and green area along the edge of the building with the possibility of shops, places to stay and meeting places as well as a Kiss’ n Ride function.

Client
By & Havn (City & Habour Copenhagen)
Collaborators
STED I By & Landskab
Location
Nordhavn, Copenhagen
Competition
Open project competition - 1. prize
Status
Completion expected in 2022
Montering af facadekork

A pixelated shadow relief in cork and recycled aluminum
The raw house is cast in concrete and then covered with a facade of cork fields combined with a skeleton of recycled aluminum hollow slabs. The cork boards are mounted on a hardwood skeleton.

By displacing the frames with cork and aluminum, respectively, the house gets a pixelated and detailed relief, which gives a vivid light and shadow play to the facade. In the evenings and at night, artificial lighting will enhance and accentuate the expression of the building and materials.

When completed, it will be Denmark’s first large building with cork as facade material. A material most commonly known as floor coverings in the 70’s and 80’s detached houses, but which has been internationally touted for being underestimated for its sustainable, environmentally friendly and reusable properties.

Facade cork originates from the corks’ bark that is harvested every nine years, after which it regrows. It contains no chemicals or toxins, and absorbs more CO2 than it emits during a lifespan.

In both form and function, facade cork is obvious for this type of project. It is a compressed material without front and back, which is 100% natural and hardened to the wind and weather. It patins beautifully, is virtually maintenance-free and then naturally dampens vibration and noise, which is an advantage in a parking garage.

The parking garage will be located next to the new metro station in Nordhavn and will accommodate 350 cars.

Completion is expected during 2022.

“The proposal emerges with a balanced whole, created by consistent and clear choices that give it a particularly strong and compelling character. The proposal must be highlighted in order to create a whole that is credible and long-lasting and that contributes with a unique character that provides co-op and counter-play to both Sundmolen and Trælastholmen. “

– Excerpt from the judge’s report, City & Harbor