KHR Architecture has been the architectural advisor for the transformation of a listed neoclassical courthouse into a modern office community. Nomad Workspace is an office environment of approximately 2,500 sqm divided into private and open office areas, work lounge, café, common areas, meeting facilities and event spaces.
Renovation and transformation
Architect Natalia Sanchez
Architectural consultancy, regulatory project, sketching and design
Modern requirements for historic building
"It has been an exciting challenge to create a modern, functional office environment in the buildings, which have been in use since 1850. Transformation is not only sustainable, the old buildings also give a lot of identity and soul to the new space you are creating.
On the other hand, today we have completely different requirements for indoor climate and fire safety, which means that we as architects have been in close dialogue with the authorities during the project to arrive at solutions that meet both the wishes of the client and the requirements of the authorities."
- Morten Nøhr Frandsen, Case Architect and Associate Partner at KHR Architecture
"We worked closely with interior designer Natalia Sanchez, who created interiors tailored to the space, making the most of the spaces and creating an atmosphere where Nordic functionalism meets a warm bohemian environment."
Morten Nøhr Frandsen, Case Architect and Associate Partner
New terrace for everyday and parties
Of course, it requires a close dialogue with the authorities when transforming and expanding a listed building. KHR Architecture has helped Nomad Workspace to get the green light from the authorities for a nice wooden terrace facing Sankt Hans Torv.
The terrace is used both for a quick lunch during the week and for larger events, such as the Tour de France.
Office shared space in neoclassical building
The office hotel is located in a former court building adjacent to the prison on Blegdamsvej, designed by one of the greatest architects of the 19th century, M.G. Bindesbøll, who is also the man behind the beautiful Thorvaldsens Museum.
The building at Blegdamsvej 6 is in the same neoclassical style as the prison, with a plastered facade and prominent columns. In 2013 the court moved out of the property and the current owner H.P. Hertz bought the building to create a modern office hotel in the listed buildings.
Transformation with focus on flow and function
In order to create an optimal office environment that works both for the permanent users and for the customers who rent meeting rooms on demand, space planning has been a major focus in transformation process. It's about creating good, natural flows while providing the necessary space for calm and contemplation.
Precisely because plans and flows are so essential to architecture, working with an existing, listed building is an exciting architectural challenge.
Think out of the box - into the box
As architects, it is also our job to turn constraints into opportunities. In Nomad Workspace, for example, focus boxes have been set up where people can hold meetings or talk on the phone without disturbing or being disturbed. The boxes also make use of a wasted space in the hallway and in this way help to improve the client's business case.