Development of Holstebro town
2019 - 2049

A green strat­egy for the cul­tural hub

Holstebro has a population of 36 thousand. A 21.000m2 plot near the town centre is liberated as the town hospital will move to new facilities. This is why Holstebro municipality and the Færch Foundation have established Holstebro Development and launched a competition for the future of Holstebro.

Team Vandkunsten won the competition with strategic approaches to improve the connections within Holstebro with the town’s vibrant cultural scene, its surrounding nature, and a diversified housing catalogue.

The freeway divides the town

The town center and Holstebro’s catchment area is currently divided by the freeway which acts like a city wall around the center. Team Vandkunsten has developed strategies to penetrate the wall with landscape elements and by enhancing cultural features.

Planning for three areas

Project facts


Project name: Development of Holstebro town


Client: Holstebro Udvikling

Location: Holstebro

Gross area: 21.000

Date: 2019 - 2049

Status: Under development


Program: Urban development

Activity: Urban planning and transformation

Job type: 1. prize in architectural competition

Contact: Jan Albrechtsen,

Project group: Jan Albrechtsen, Maria Ramild Crammond, Pauline Faaborg, Olivia Thomsen, Nanna Marie Vindeløv-Rasmussen, Emma Rishøj Holm, Astrid Vang Kaspersen, Pernille Schyum Poulsen


Architect: Vandkunsten Architects

Landscape: Skaarup Landscape and Torben Schønherr

Engineer: ÅF

Consultant: ICP