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June 7, 2012

Henning Larsen to design new Klasvik city centre

Danish Henning Larsen Architects has won an international competition to develop a 150,000m² city centre in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands, including a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops.

Klaksvik City Centre

Danish Henning Larsen Architects has won an international competition to develop a 150,000m² city centre in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands, including a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops.

Henning Larsen Architects was selected from 154 proposals that were submitted in an open, international competition.

Henning Larsen’s architect and architectural design manager Osbjorn Jacobsen said that the winning project consists of a continuous plan that connects the three new city districts with each having their own theme.

"The plan offers a new green, recreational area; an urban development with a central, unifying city square and shops, cafes and a library and, as the third new district, a maritime area with a new cultural house and a new maritime museum, among others," Jacobsen said.

Klaksvík is located in an area where two inlets meet, which is where the new city centre will be established. After finalising the construction, the city square will form a natural connection to the sea and will be the heart of the city.

Henning’s proposal is based on a star-shaped structure where the centre of the star will constitute the new city square. The pointed shape of the design will connect the new area to the surrounding urban space and will root it in the existing city, the architects said.

The structure will bring the surrounding city space, green areas, canals and beach into the city square and the square will form a natural connection to the sea.

Henning Larsen said the knowledge from the local measurements, local experience and knowledge have been incorporated in the project.

The Municipality of Klaksvik will prepare a new district plan for the development of the city on the basis of the winning proposal, which is anticipated to be ready in 2012.


Image: Klasvik’s new city centre will comprise a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. Photo: Henning Larsen Architects.

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