In spring 2012 PB43’s concert and cultural hall BYGN 5 open its doors to a artistical and musical playground approved to 499 guests. Entrepreneur Mads Ellebæk Petersen was the initiator to BYGN 5, and coordinated together with event maker Kasper B. Müller and Steen Andersen the project in 3 years until PB43 had to move to Nord Havn in 2015. BYGN 5 held a various of event such as music and art festivals, clubbing, street markets, exhibitions, performances, food events, workshops and public meetings and much more. The events was held either by PB43 own users, or external partners or in cooperation between internal and external event makers, both nation and internationally.
The concept behind BYGN 5 was that you should pay what you could manage, having the ones with a large budget support those with a low or non existing budget, her by supporting the creative growth layer and those with a good idea but to less money to realize the project on marked terms.
The renovation and the technical process of getting the old paint production building approved by the authorities was made possible by thinking out of the box and the work of volunteers, sponsors, donors and funding from the Local Counsel whom recognized that the neighbor hood, as well as Copenhagen need an alternative event and culture place that challenged the usual boundaries of cultural production. Especially there were many expensive technical challenges such a fire approval, security, cleaning up of the pollution from the buildings former use as paint factory and ventilation of the halls that was solved by using alternative solutions and to be very patience towards the legal and administrative process with the authorities.
Photos by: Vlad Kamenskyy, Maria Dembek, Flora Tosti, Anders Find, Lee Martin & Yann Houlberg, Bo Eggert Dahl, Steen Andersen and more.