INSP! Office

Roskilde, DK 2021-2023


Cornelius Vöge (lead consultant), Henrik Innovation, BRAV ing., JL Engineering


Foreningen INSP!, Liljeborgfonden

Phase 1 - INSP Office building: Built Phase 2 - INSP Boiler house: On hold Phase 3 - INSP Canteen: On hold

First phase of the large transformation project is completed November 2023. The administration building at the former Roskilde slaughterhouse has now opened as an up-to-date office facility for INSP to run.

The 500 m2 office building from 1928 had been decommissioned since 2011. Leaks had caused extensive structural damage, and the house has had to undergo extensive remediation. What remained was a shell and its surfaces as a new aesthetic and at the same time a story of what was.

Only a few parts of the building´s interior were possible to preserve. One of these, the old staircase now connects two new floors with a modern office design: a mix of large and smaller offices, meeting rooms, kitchenettes, toilets etc. Each floor has its own entrance and can be used independently.

Aesthetically, patinated yellow brickwork in the new rooms carry visible, untouched traces from almost a century of use, and, in contrast, new elements as a neutral backdrop in black, grey and white and sharp lines. With a defining and simple architectural approach, a specific contrast to the brickwork is created by adding new window sections framed by white clearings. However, not only do they contribute aesthetically, they also elegantly integrate radiators and cabling.

The ambition is to preserve the character and soul of the house. The staircase and the brickwork with all its visible traces and other small signs of old craftmanship and years of use will hopefully daily fascinate and remind INSP, Headspace, Corolab and other users of the building´s historic value.