Vendsyssel Theatre, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and completed recently in Hjørring, Denmark, has made a successful debut. The construction marked a milestone in Denmark, for it is the first theatre to be built outside of Copenhagen in more than a century.
The architects see Vendsyssel Theatre as a living organism immersed in the urban landscape. The project is inspired by five pillars: inclusivity, transparency, functionality, flexibility and materiality.
The starting point for the project is the consideration that culture is an opportunity and an experience for everyone. A concept translated into a project in which the usual spaces for classic programming are flanked by areas for hosting informal events and where the emphasis is on visual connections between different spaces, such as the foyer, dominated by a big staircase, in which visitors are free to choose between being spectators or participants. All the halls can be opened up to connect them with the foyer, and glass walls allows the artists to see the audience from their lounge on the top level. On the outside, the theatre looks like a composition made up of cubic blocks that establish an aesthetic link with their surroundings and change with time. By day the walls of the building, covered with corten steel, reflect the light of the sun, and their warm hues of red blend into their surroundings. In the evening, on the other hand, the glass façades illuminate the plaza with LEDs in a myriad of colours.
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Local architect: Arkitektfirmaet Finn Østergaard A/S
Engineers: Brix & Kamp A/S, ALECTIA A/S
Landscape architect: LIW Planning Aps
Gade & Mortensen Akustik A/S,
AIX Arkitekter AB
Filippa Berglund, scenography, architect maa
Location: Hjørring, Denmark
Images courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo by Adam Mørk