Kockums Factory of Culture: Sustainable transformation architecture

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Timothy Alan Holmes
  • Sune Ross Jakobsen
4. term, Architecture, Master (Master Programme)
This master thesis concerns the transformation of a
vacant Foundry, in a collected development of a shut
down shipyard, introducing new life to a building embodied
with history and heritage.
The project takes its basis in the notion of transformation
architecture, and the intent to transform and
preserve history, rather than demolish and throw away
cultural heritage.
The Foundry is part of Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads.
A.B in the heart of Malmö, Sweden, an old shipyard,
that in its prime, was a primary factor in the expansion
of the city. The entire industrial site, Varvsstaden is to
undergo a substantial redevelopment, primarily focusing
on residential, business, and educational premises.
The project evaluates the prospect of introducing cultural
functions into a building inherent with cultural
heritage, creating a cultural centre for the public whilst
preserving a part of the city’s history that otherwise
might not have been preserved.
The project debates the aspects of social and environmental
sustainability, comparing the harmony between
the two in a future development of a listed building.
The final design reflects the supposition of this, through
an angular building, that extends from an original
fabric into a modern extension, reaching out into the
surrounding context.
The design incorporates the ideology of preserving as
much as possible whilst not compromising its potential
future use, creating a unique structure that unifies its
past, present and future, for present and future generations.
Publication date23 May 2018
Number of pages207
ID: 279642432