Schmidt hammer lassen to design Danish theatre complex

18 November 2013 (Last Updated November 18th, 2013 18:30)

Schmidt hammer lassen architects has won a competition to design 4,200m² Vendsyssel theatre and experience centre in Hjørring, Denmark.

Vendsyssel theatre

Schmidt hammer lassen architects has won a competition to design the 4,200m² Vendsyssel theatre and experience centre in Hjørring, Denmark.

The architectural firm will work alongside Arkitektfirmaet Finn Østergaard, Brix & Kamp, ALECTIA, Gade & Mortensen Akustik, AIX Arkitekter, Filippa Berglund scenography, and LIW Planning.

The facility will house a complex of buildings with corten steel, plaster and brick façades.

The design will feature an open plan layout, which will make sure that all functions can operate optimally and enable many areas to be repurposed as backstage facilities.

The theatre and experience centre will be designed in such a way that it will blend into the surrounding environment while standing out as a vibrant organism in the city, the architect said.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects founding partner John Foldbjerg Lassen said the project’s architectural and functional concept has five main themes which include integration in the city, openness, functionality, flexibility and materiality.

"We have designed a significant building, which relates to its function in a pragmatic way. It invites both active use and quiet breaks," Lassen said.

"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."

The Vendsyssel theatre and experience centre is expected to be completed in 2016.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects associate partner Rasmus Kierkegaard said, "Actors and staff are visible to the visitors in the building, and the building will appear vibrant even with only a few persons present."

Schmidt hammer lassen is also currently working on the Malmö Live concert and congress centre in Sweden, which is expected to be completed in mid-2015.


Image: The Vendsyssel theatre and experience centre is expected to be completed in 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Schmidt hammer lassen architects.