Holstebro town hall

The project was won in a competition. It distinguishes itself from the existing town hall buildings and appears as a light and airy addition, in contrast with the existing heavy facades.

FACTS

Project: Holstebro Town Hall

Role: Architect and landscape architect

Size: DKK 32 million 3,200 m²

Location: Holstebro

Client: Holstebro Municipality

Lead architect: Curt Ølgod

In collaboration with Entasis and Bascon, as well as the contractor JFP A/S, Sweco Architects won the design-build contract for the enlargement of Holstebro Town Hall.

Holstebro Town Hall was built in the 1970s, and is an important architectural work in Denmark, made of heavy red masonry. The new addition covers around 3,200 m².

Excerpt from the judging panel’s reasoning: “The designs submitted are the best processed proposals in the competition and present clear, simple and well-designed solution models.
The proposal deliberately seeks to distinguish itself from the existing town hall complex by convincingly working with a different materiality to emphasise that the originators wish to construct ‘a light and airy addition’, to contrast with the Town Hall's present heavy, castle-like and enclosed architecture.”

The building is a daily workplace for 150 employees, and has facilities such as meeting rooms and reception spaces for residents (job centre, back-up office and benefit disbursement office).

The project comprised the layout and furnishing of foyer and reception areas for all residents visiting the building.

The building has discreet, built-in shell-security, as well as CCTV in its structures.