Use and restore the Freighthalls so they can become an international centre for contemporary art and culture
»Fragtmandshallerne fortæller en vigtig historie om,
hvordan transportsystemet fungerede engang. De er en del af københavnernes
historie og derfor et kulturelt minde, der er værd at bevare,«
siger Peter Hee, formand for frednings- og bevaringsudvalget under
Landsforeningen for Bygnings- og Landskabskultur.
The Special Building Authority states:“The Authority finds that the warehouse building consisting of an office building integrated with a hall with loading ramps, together with the custom house lying behind it, at Borgmestervangen 5, 7 and 17, Copenhagen, have the cultural historic and architectural qualities to justify protection.
The Freighthalls has been a loading station for railway freight,
and as such this is a building type that has been a constant component
of every station facility in Denmark, whereas the adjacent custom
house characterizes the type of facility found only in the larger
cities. In addition to being representative of a typical but today
more and more rare type of building, the warehouse building located
in Nørrebro, due to its integration with a neo-classic administration
building and its impressively long and beautifully crafted storage
hall, is completely unique in relation to the more humble warehouses
in the provinces.
Architecturally, the two brick buildings – the office building
and the custom house – present a fine, modest neo-classicism,
where the office building is characterized by a very fine gable, exposed
brick work, finely proportioned windows and doors and hipped roof.
In addition, there is the long storage hall, which is an example of
the period’s proud traditions for carpentry; with the rhythmically
placed doorways, the supported overhang and the skylights’ division
of the roof construction, a powerful building with a strong character
is created, where the structural principle is clearly seen.
In addition, the warehouse building has cultural historic significance for understanding the history of Outer Nørrebro’s industrially conditioned development. In a time when most large industry in the area has been closed down, the warehouse building tells the story of the importance of infrastructure’s for the location of industry in Copenhagen’s past. In the fully developed city at the beginning of the last century, railways were located where there still was room for them. The Lygten station, used for weekend trips out of the city, and the workday station, Nørrebro, and the warehouse building are an integrated whole that tells us about the development and diversity within the railway structure, and how the location of the railway strongly contributed to creation of a whole quarter – Outer Nørrebro – with the many industries originally located here, together with housing for the workers.