Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Living in a beer barrel

The silo seen from Carlsberg Brewery

In Valby in Copenhagen there's has been brewed beer for 150 years at Carlsberg Brewery. That production have stopped and moved out of town and out of country, leaving behind some prime real estate ready to be explored. But what to do when you happen to have a silo 85.5 metres high in the middle of a city? The answer to Carlsberg was obvious; convert it to apartments. The silo, build in 1957 by Kongens Bryghus (the King's Brewery) was used to store malt, but it was only used for a few years and stood empty until its conversion in 1997. Its 107 cooperative apartments on 21 storeys is a popular and expensive place to live. And the view from the top is magnificent.