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Portrait of a factory: Rejuvenating an industrial complex
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Standing by the seafront of the small town Akranes in Iceland is a cement factory that has in the past decades been a distinctive feature and a prominent landmark of the town. It opened in 1958 and stopped its operations a few years ago and the empty buildings on the site now open possibilities for new developments and ideas.The factory buildings stand tall over the low rise houses in the town and are a certain barrier between the town center and the seaside and beach often used by locals.

The project is an investigation of how this place could be used in a new way, the quality of these kinds of buildings and what it could mean for the town to build this place up.The process of the project has been to get to know the factory through visits to the place, photographs, drawings and models.Like in a portrait of a person, distinctive and interesting characteristics of the factory have been taken out and enhanced. By looking at the architecture of the factory and seeing qualities in the existing elements, structures and spaces, new ideas have come to light of how the existing can be used and looked at in a new way. A large material storage house standing facing the seafront is the main focus point of design with a new program of a community center and a multipurpose hall.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 11 p.
Keyword [en]
Industrial, factory, community hall, Iceland
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175703OAI: diva2:861970
Educational program
Master of Science - Architecture
Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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