Henning Larsen to design new urban district in Norway

Henning Larsen Architects and the Norwegian landscape architect Gullik Gulliksen have won an international competition for a new urban district in Trondheim city centre, Norway.

The project ‘Leüthen’s Cultural Garden’ will bring new life to the area with an open office building and a new cinema next to the city theatre.

Centered around a new square, the two buildings will create a common identity for the area and bring together the existing educational and cultural institutions.

A jury unanimously selected Henning Larsen Architects’ project as winner of the competition in which a number of Danish and Norwegian architecture studios participated.

The jury added: “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 new building of Trondheim City will house 1,000 employees, exhibition facilities and meeting rooms for the local cultural organisations.

“Daylight is one of the most important parameters of the design, both as regards sustainability and work environment”, said design director and partner Henning Larsen Architects Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen.

“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,” he added.

The project covers a total of 39,000m2 and is expected to be completed during 2015.