2005 - 2006
From industry to town hall
New function for a robust building
In 2000 we designed a new building for an electronics company to house their R&D, production, stock, and administration. When the city of Allerød bought the building in 2004 they asked us to perform the transformation to town hall.
The original two-storey building is 6,000 m² it has a square plan and simple structural system in steel with concrete decks and glass facades.
The transformation from high-tech industry building to new town hall proved simple demanding little intervention. In just a few months the former storage space for cables and it-equipment was altered to become the present day council chamber and a service portal for inhabitants.
A few new counters and closed meeting room boxes were established. That was basically the intervention.
Houses that do more
'From industry to town hall, like that! A childhood dream came true. Of buildings that could something else and more than what the brief had asked for. General usability is the fancy term. In the beginning, the open plans were received with some reluctance and trepidation. Now they are loved by most.'
- Jens Thomas Arnfred, architect MAA, co-founder of Vandkunsten Architects
Project name: Allerød Town hall (Allerød Rådhus)
Client: Crimp / Allerød Town
Gross area: 6000 m²
Date: 2005 - 2006
Cost of construction: 90 mio DKK for orifinal build and 8 mio DKK for the transformation.
Program: Originally a commercial building - then a town hall
Activity: Refurbishment of the building originally designed by Vandkunsten
Job type: Comission
Construction system: Steel and concrete
Contact: Jan Albrechtsen, email@example.com
Employees: Jørgen Taxholm, Mogens Jørgensen og Julian Jahn
Engineer: Erik K Jørgensen A/S