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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

GIS Stations in Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects

 
November 30th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

The Danish energy infrastructure operator Energinet.dk is actively upgrading the visual appearance of the Danish power grid. As a result, the large open-air switchgear stations are gradually being replaced with gas-insulated switchgears – also called GIS stations. The idea is to give the technical enclosure of these stations, typically placed in the open landscape, a distinct architectonic profile, and at the same time maximise their future flexibility.

Overall view

  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Project: GIS Stations
  • Location: Miscellaneous sites across Denmark
  • Client: Energinet.dk
  • Size: 1,650 m2 (450 m2 workshops and 1,200 m2 GIS building)
  • Year of project: 2010
  • Landscape: C. F. Møller Architects

Exterior night view

The enclosures are therefore designed as a series of modules, each consisting of a lightweight shell with a slanted roof and a folded exterior surface which adds lateral stability. Arranged in series, the modules create a transparent, gill-like envelope with triangular openings, letting ample daylight into the interior and allowing glimpses of the GIS units at the heart of the building.

Exterior view GIS bay

All this gives the design aunmistakeable and strong sculptural and facetted identity. With the progressing daylight, the folded surface creates an ever-changing play of shadows, altering its appearance all day long and all year round.

Exterior view workshop

Facade option

Facade option galvanized steel

Interior view facade openings

Interior view GIS bay

C. F. Møller Architects Partners

Concept evolution

Cross section 1

Cross section 2

Elevation GIS bay

Elevation workshop

Ground floor plan

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