Art & Architecture + [Theatre]

9800 Hjørring, Danimarca: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition
schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

Schmidt hammerlassen architects has won the competition to design Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre in Hjørring, Denmark.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

With this 4,200 square metre building, Hjørring gains a vibrant cultural hub in which to feature the city’s various cultural activities. the architectural ambition for the new Theatre and Experience Centre has been to create a building which blends into the surrounding environment while standing out as a new, vibrant organism in the city.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

”We have designed a project where the architectural and functional concept has five main themes: integration in the city, openness, functionality, flexibility and materiality,” explained John Foldbjerg Lassen, Founding Partner at schmidt hammer lassenarchitects.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

“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.”

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

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 colours, 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.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

A vibrant building with a glimpse of the backstage Inside, an open plan solution ensures visual and physical connections across the building. the boundaries between publicly accessible areas and the more traditional theatre functions are blurred. in the building layout special attention has been paid to making sure that all functions can operate optimally.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

At the same time many areas can be joined and the circulation areas can be used as backstage facilities. ”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.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Wins Vendsyssel Theatre Competition

“Actors and staff are visible to the visitors in the building, and the building will appear vibrant even with only a few persons present.” Completion of Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre is expected in 2016.

Location: Hjørring, Denmark Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects Project Team: Arkitektfirmaet Finn Østergaard, Brix & Kamp, Alectia, Gade & Mortensen Akustik, Aix Arkitekter, Filippa Berglund scenography, and Liw Planning Engineer: Brix & Kamp, Alectia Landscape architect: Liw Planning Aps Other consultants: Gade & Mortensen Akustik, Aix Arkitekter Ab, Filippa Berglund, scenograf, arkitekt maa Area: 4,200m² Construction sum: € 16.5 million excl. Vat Competition: 2013, 1st prize in restricted competition Client: Municipality of Hjørring

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