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VENDSYSSEL THEATRE HJØRRING, DENMARK


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form down into cubic blocks allowed us to create a more satisfying composition that blends much better into the cityscape.”


A building that manifests itself as a new living organism in the cityscape


SHL wanted to blur the boundaries between publicly accessible areas and more traditional theatre functions so that spaces interconnect to bring actors and audience members into closer proximity. It’s possible to visit during the day and see actors and technical staff moving stage sets around, and performers can glimpse the public from their lounge on the top level. All the major halls can be opened to the


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foyer, while the use of glass and windows in different rooms creates visual connections. “The client had a very different approach from the traditional split between actors and the audience. We were very inspired by that and tried to open things up to enable the public to see some of the things that go on backstage,” says Kierkegaard. Increasing levels of transparency enabled more light to enter the building. Glass curtain walls running along the entrance allow large amounts of daylight into the foyer and cafe area, which is topped by a long skylight.


Innovate & integrate


In terms of the theatre’s external appearance, the designers saw the need to dare to be different while maintaining a focus on the city’s existing qualities. The rusty reddish-brown corten steel is an


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The ‘black box’ theatre space LEFT


Frosted glass over pastel coloured walls provides a soft contrast with the corten steel by day, but glows at night lit by LEDs


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