Community House in West Towne (Vestbyen)
2003 - 2007

Com­mu­nity House in the Old Fac­tory

At Vandkunsten Architects our track record for working in the non-profit sector is long. We have designed houses for a variety of communities – from small units with laundry facilities or meeting rooms – to larger multi functional commmunity houses.

In Horsens we have built the latter – as part of a major renovation of the non-profit housing scheme Horsens West Towne (Vestbyen), we have transformed the old N.C. Nielsen Factory. The original masonry building was built in 1900. The necessary insulation has been added from the exterior in order to maintain and enhance the industrial character of the existing spaces.

Focus on the openings

The old masonry structure was stripped and the distinct openings are enhanced by the design of the exterior insulating structure. We aimed at preserving details and character of distinct masonry architecture of the industrial building built around 1900.

The expression of the historical masonry structure is left raw and exposed because the new windows are oversized and placed on the outside of the facade.

Keywords in the project are: general use, flexibility, and close and local collaboration.

The house has a café, a stage, workshops, and community meeting rooms.

Project facts


Project name: Community House in West Towne (Vestbyen)

Category:Culture & Institutions, Renovation

Client: Horsens Kommune og Kvarterløftprojektet støttet af LOA-fonden og Realdania

Location: Horsens

Gross area: 1.200

Date: 2003 - 2007

Status: Opført

Cost of construction: Ca 17


Program: Beboerhus/kulturhus

Activity: Transformation/energirenovering

Contact: Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard,

Project group: Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard, Thomas Nybo Rasmussen, Flemming Ibsen

Employees: Steffen Kragh og Jens Peter Kragh


Architect: Vandkunsten

Landscape: Vandkunsten

Engineer: Oluf Jørgensen A/S