Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator hey we have an old grain silo in the Junction no?

Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator


The best use for a large grain elevator is – of course – to store grain, but as commercial interests shift over time, many cities around the world are left with big, hulking structures and nothing to store in them. One good option is adaptive reuse. In Oslo, HRTB Arkitekter AS transformed an old grain elevator located along the Akerselva River into a 19-story student housing complex known as Grünerløkka Studenthus. Using bright panels of colored glass, the architects managed to add a bit of whimsy to the concrete, battleship gray exterior, while leaving most of the original structure intact.

Originally built in 1953, the grain elevator was used to store corn from Oslo’s Nedrefoss Mill, and it was in operation from the 1950s to the 1990s. The structure consists of three rows of seven grain silos — 21 in all.

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  1. junctionist says:

    The Norway silo conversion looks quite interesting. The silo we have in the Junction is also an engaging structure that serves as a bold reminder of the rich milling history of the site on which it is located. The Campbell Flour Mills was one of the greatest industrial operations in the Junction’s history and helped to build the community. So it would be worth preserving and adapting the silo to a new use and redevelop the land around it. It will be interesting to see what happens on the eastern waterfront. World-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners is working on a development that is supposed to reuse the historic silos on that site just east of Cherry Street and Lake Shore.

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