A unanimous jury has selected Henning Larsen Architects as the winner of a competition for a new public space in Trondheim, Norway. The experienced design studio beat stiff competition from Danish and Norwegian practices to lead the project with a ‘very convincing’ concept. The jury explained their decision thus: “The front square has a unique location and design. The open, flexible reception and exhibition space by the entrance is especially successful - interacting with the front square, it provides a welcoming, embracing expression.”
The successful design incorporates a new office building and separate cinema to the existing urban realm, with plans to construct a new public square on which the volumes will be located. Entitled ‘Leütgens Kulturhage’ (Leüthen’s Cultural Garden) the scheme looks to bring new life into the heart of the city through sustainable building design and thriving open public spaces. The office building for Trondheim City will incorporate a number of meeting rooms for local cultural organisations, exhibition facilities and work spaces for 1,000 employees. These units will be anchored by a unifying inner atrium.
Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Design Director and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects details: “Daylight is one of the most important parameters of the design, both as regards sustainability and work environment. The atrium features a number of displaced floors, which create terraces and balconies and thus encourage informal meetings. The atrium increases the sense of community across the organisation - whether an employee or visitor, you contribute to the atmosphere in the building.” The 39,000 sq m scheme is due to complete in 2015.