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  7. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

A team led by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre in Hjørring, Denmark. Once complete in 2016, the 4,200 square meter building will act as a new and vibrant cultural hub within the city.

When describing the project’s five main themes - integration in the city, openness, functionality, flexibility and materiality - Schmidt Hammer Lassen founding partner John Foldbjerg stated: “We have designed a significant building which relates to its function in a pragmatic way. It invites both active use and quiet breaks. It is a building which radiates its cultural meaning – it dares to be different, without stealing the focus from the existing qualities in the city.”

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

“The Theatre and Experience Centre consists of a complex of buildings – a city within the city. Its characteristic Corten steel façade, with its warm rusty red colors, corresponds well with the area’s existing plaster and brick façades; thereby creating an aesthetic whole between the city, the front plaza and the theatre building.”

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Inside, boundaries between public and private spaces are blurred. A flexible open plan allows for many spaces to have dual use, while unique visual and physical connections are made throughout the building. 

”The open plan ensures a high level of flexibility in the building, and only your imagination sets the limit for where and how the theatre productions can take place,” said Rasmus Kierkegaard, Associate Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “Actors and staff are visible to the visitors in the building, and the building will appear vibrant even with only a few persons present.”

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Architects

  • Full-Service Consultant

    schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Client

    Municipality of Hjørring, Realdania
  • Engineer

    Brix & Kamp A/S, ALECTIA A/S
  • Landscape Architect

    LIW Planning Aps
  • Other Consultants

    Gade & Mortensen Akustik A/S, AIX Arkitekter AB, Filippa Berglund, scenograf, arkitekt maa
  • Construction Sum

    €16.5 million excl. VAT
  • Area

    4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater" 15 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/449147/schmidt-hammer-lassen-wins-competition-to-design-danish-theater/> ISSN 0719-8884