Designed by DIS Students, For DIS Students

In 2013, DIS purchased a property located on Holmbladsgade; a building on the island of Amager, with industrial roots that date back to 1944.

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The building would be home to a handful of DIS students as a new DIS Residential Community (DRC), and also house a unique new feature space for DIS – the first DIS wood workshop.

DIS was given the challenge of reimagining the building’s look, feel, and structure, as it was originally occupied by Sadolin’s paint factory. With renovation plans in mind, DIS presented an exciting opportunity for students in the Architecture program to be involved, and called upon them to conceptualize designs of Holmbladsgade’s facade.

A competition was therefore created, and after many submissions, DIS chose three designs to confer with Copenhagen’s Municipality. Among these three, Kevin Ryan, Philadelphia University, was awarded with first prize, Joel McCullough, Carnegie Mellon University, at second, and Samuel Friedlander, Carnegie Mellon University, at third. The municipality and DIS decided to choose Joel McCullough’s design as the best fit for Holmbladsgade’s new facade.

This semester, Holmbladsgade is home to 64 DIS students and serves as a classroom for semester students in the Furniture Design in Denmark Workshop, and for summer students taking Furniture Design Studio and Workshop.

To see more photos of the building as well as Joel’s original design, head to the AD Journal where Program Director of the Architecture and Design programs, Henning Thomsen, shares details of the Holmbladsgade design competition and more about the new wood workshop.

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