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Nordkraft – Aalborg’s Melting Pot

Nordkraft is the cultural, sports and leisure melting pot of the city of Aalborg, in Northern Denmark. The huge building complex was built in 1947 and it hosted the city’s power station with nearly 400 employees. The increasing demand for electricity required the continuous expansion of the station, but in the late nineties the city decided to close it down.
There were different plans with regard to how to utilize the huge establishment in the middle of the city (it’s very close to the waterfront) and one option was to create flats in the building, but luckily Aalborg Municipality had a very bold and happy vision. The aim was to create something for the community. And the winner of the project was CUBO Arkitekter.
It is a spectacular building and the original huge concrete beams and halls were all maintained, original features were preserved and today this place hosts an array of cultural and sports events, lectures, fairs, exhibitions, cafés, restaurants, theatrical performances and a huge part of the complex is occupied by the library of the University of Aalborg.

Pictures sourced from Nordkraft.

 

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