New Landmark Brings Citizens Together
Nine stories of champagne-colored facade and huge transparent glass panels welcome citizens and staff to the new Høje-Taastrup City Hall.
This striking building was designed by PLH Arkitekter in collaboration with the architects ALL and consulting engineers COWI, while architecture firm mtre, now part of C.F. Møller and headed by Sussi Osmark, provided consulting services and developed the interior design concept. HOLMRIS B8 supplied indoor and outdoor furnishings.
The vision was to create a modern working environment that also promotes the democratic processes while tying the city together. Consequently, in addition to the standard offices, the nearly 9,000 square meters also house spaces that citizens can borrow as well as a rooftop terrace with plenty of seating and an amazing view that is open to the public.
Old Furniture and Recycled Concrete
The new city hall is designed with a consistent focus on the climate and the environment. The roof gleams with solar cells, while the foundation comprises recycled concrete from demolished apartment buildings.
Indoors, it is also clear that the decor choices were informed by responsible consumption and respect for resources. The municipality has reused much of the original furnishings. Designer lamps from Verner Panton and Louis Poulsen have been reused as well, along with a number of desks and office chairs.
After moving into the new building, the staff discovered that the original office chairs were damaging the flooring. With the help of HOLMRIS B8, all the chairs were quickly inspected and fitted with new wheels designed for wooden floors rather than carpets.
From Mint Green to Mellow Nordic
The conference rooms, offices, reception area and Job Center all bid welcome with a bold color palette. Orange-red, sunshine yellow, and blue-gray upholstery meets mint-green shelving from Montana offset by materials such as wood, fabric, and leather in mellow Nordic tones.
The new furniture was sourced from a wide selection of suppliers. Danish classics, like the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair, are joined by intriguing designs from abroad along with custom-built tables produced at HOLMRIS B8’s own workshop.