Studio David Thulstrup has transformed a heritage-listed former water pumping station in Copenhagen into The Chimney House. Created for VIPP, Chimney House incorporates bold architectural interventions that honour the original structure, which features a towering chimney, adding a cutting edge contemporary overlay.
Chimney House takes its name from its distinctive 35-metre high minaret shaped chimney, added to the 1902 building in 1928, and restored during this yearlong project. The main structural change was a new upper level in steel that follows the gabled roofline of the original brick building and acts as a modern counterpoint. Existing arched windows were extended to ground level and turned into steel framed glass doors and a deep cut was made into one façade leading to a new external terrace.
A U-shaped staircase bisects the ground floor and acts as a divider to define the dining and living zones in the open plan space. Made of steel and strongly geometric, the staircase is clad in extruded aluminum paneling echoing the facade of the VIPP Shelter, a retreat in Sweden.
Inside, the concept of the architectural detailing was to retain the sense of the original space by creating a separation between the old and the new with nothing touching the exterior walls. The pitched roof of the new level is left exposed and its generous height is accentuated by three 5-meter long custom designed pendant lamps made from stacked Perspex discs.
With the interior design, Thulstrup sought to fuse modern ways of living and showcase VIPP’s high-end kitchen and bathroom elements and accessories. The new L-shaped mezzanine has two bedrooms, each with 4.5 meter-high glass panels facing the atrium.
The Chimney House is the third outpost of VIPP Hotel, immersive spaces available for short-term stays that show the evolution of the iconic Danish brand.