Den gamle kjolefabrik

New flats in historical architecture

‘Den gamle kjolefabrik’, a listed red brick building situated at Museumsgade in Herning, is due to undergo extensive renovation. The former dress factory and museum of photography is due to be transformed into a total of seven new residential units and a single commercial unit on the ground floor totalling 150 m2. In addition, three new terraced houses are being built on the site.

The flats in the former dress factory will vary in size from 89 to 149 m2. As a new element, raised patios will be built onto the garden side of the listed building with direct access from several of the flats. The patios will be designed with flowerbeds and boxes with climbing plants to make the building appear green and welcoming from the gardens.

Terraced houses referencing original architecture
The three new terraced houses are inspired by the English townhouse, and each property will have a small front garden facing the street and access to large communal areas at the back. The houses will be built using materials that harmonise with the architecture of the existing museum building with its red brick, sloping roofs and decorative masonry detailing.

“The old dress factory is known to many residents of Herning, and in renovating the building, we have made a point of not altering the building’s architecture too much, but keeping it as authentic as possible. In addition, through the careful use of materials and detailing, for example in the masonry, we have sought to ensure coherence between the old and new to create an integrated whole,” explains the architect Kaare Dahlmann.

A large communal garden connects the two buildings, where the future residents can come together and engage in communal activities. Trees and bushes will be planted to screen the gardens from the parking area. In addition, a rainwater bed is being established on the site with various grasses and stepping stones, creating a varied and exciting playscape for children and families.

The new terraced houses each have a floor area of approx. 120 m2 and a family-friendly layout with an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room as well as four large bedrooms.

Herning | Denmark
Realised, 2019