Scandinavian practice schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the prestigious Emirates Glass LEAF Awards Grand Prix for its Performers House project, a modern version of a
Danish folk high school, situated in the heart of Silkeborg, Denmark.
The project – centred on a 19th-century paper mill - was commended for the simplicity
of the design, characterised by the choice of materials as well as the successful
transformation of an existing historic boiler house. The new building is
linked to the refurbished boiler house by a new square where many folk high
school activities take place, reinforcing connections with the local community.
The Leaf Awards has a trackrecord of recognising the world’s most innovative
and exciting architectural practices. Previous winners of the influential award
include David Chipperfield Architects’ America’s Cup Foredeck Building in
Valencia and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP’s ARB bank Riyadh, Saudi
Commenting on the award, Bjarne Hammer, Partner at schmidt hammer lassen
architects says: “Our ambition for Performers House was to design a building that
opens up, inspires curiosity and invites the community inside. To achieve this, the
ground floor of the new building has a glass facade that can be partially moved to
one side, which transforms the external balcony into a performance arena. Students and local people can come together here to create music, dance and theatre
performances on this urban stage.
“The new square was designed to be the natural centre for all activities – a foyer,
a stage, an interval space and a rehearsal room are all divisible into smaller,
more intimate sections. It is built on an existing town square and now links the
folk high school and the town’s key public space. “
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