Spearheading the development of the new district in Egedal, Demark, the town hall and health center will be the uniting center of the new Municipality of the city as one of the first buildings in the new planned urban area around Egedal Station. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, their proposal won the highest score for all criteria in the competition to get the first prize. The health center will become an active part of the town hall, while at the same time offering citizens the opportunity to use the area outside town hall opening hours. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The town hall and health center form part of the same entity. The health center is designed as a village with courtyards and green, internal walkways connecting to the central square of the building. The roof of the health center is shaped as a large roof garden with green recreational spaces. The health center comprises training facilities for children and adults as well as rehabilitation facilities.
The town hall is designed to constitute the architectural framework for a central square – a public, interior passage for citizens. The town hall floats as a monolith of slate above a heavy base. The facade is modeled in two layers, creating a contrasting sense of heaviness and transparency. The various activities of the building sprout up around the central square that leads through the large atrium. The town council hall is situated on the ground floor and can be opened up towards the central square – in connection with exhibitions, concerts or other special events.
Flexibility and variability are keywords in the design of Egedal town hall and health Center. The building consolidates the previous administration departments and an entirely new health center under the same roof. The different building sections can be separated or united as needed, making room for new, spatial opportunities to develop. The town hall forms an important element in the development of the new urban district in Egedal. Therefore, the building is designed to stand out with a distinctive character in all development phases.
The sustainable vision for Egedal town hall and health center has been to create a healthy, inspiring environment for both employees and visitors. The users should feel comfortable in all parts of the building through good, natural daylight conditions and use of healthy indoor eco-labelled materials. During the design process, detailed daylight simulations have been carried out with a view to place the different functions most optimally in relation to the sun and daylight. This means that all fixed workstations are provided with ample daylight, which is important for the users’ experience of the indoor climate.
The building geometry, flexibility and use of daylight reduce the energy consumption without use of technology. This strategy results in a building with an energy consumption that meets the requirements for low-energy class 2015 according to Danish building regulations. With a 100 m2 solar cell system, the total energy consumption is reduced to 24.3 kWh/m2/year, which makes the building meet the energy requirements for low-energy class 2020. Egedal town hall and health center will thus become a sustainable showpiece in public building.
Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Egedal, Denmark
Team: Troels Troelsen, Maria Sommer, Mette Kynne Frandse, Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Mette Lorentzen, Mads Reinau, Christian Schjøll, Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Erik Holm-Hansson, Ina Borup Nørlev, Ingela Larsson, Martin Stenberg and Andrea Hoepfner
Landscape Architect: SLA
Consulting Engineers: Henrik Larsen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma and Jørgen Nielsen Rådgivende Ingeniører
Client: Egedal Municipality
Type of Assignment: Turnkey contract, 1st prize in invited competition
Gross Floor Area: 18,000 m2
Construction Period: 2012-2014