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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hobro Mid-Town in Denmark by Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter

March 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Holscher Arkitekter

Team Schonherr’s proposal is best practice as to how a historical center can be reunited with the habour that once put the city on the map. This is done by the new urban spaces inheriting qualities from the historic center. Not by miming the historic town’s architecture, but through detailed planning to achieve spatial qualities of the historic town. Hobro town centre is converted to realize the potential of the town centre and restore physical, visual and social links between the port and the town. At the same time, the project handles the traffic of the town centre optimally, without creating new barriers.

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  • Architects: Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter
  • Project: Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter wins competition for Hobro mid-town in coorperation
  • Location: Hobro, Denmark

Image courtesy Schonherr Arkitekter

The basic idea is that urban and landscape spaces are created first, then the roads and finally the individual buildings. The team wants to create a robust framework for a long-term urban development. A strategy that makes the masterplan work during the completion of each stages.

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Judges’ collected assessment of the overall plan: “The plan finds the tone of central Hobro and with its block structure offers a well known and flexible typology, which makes room for housing, offices and shops. The harbour square will be a vital and beautiful space in Hobro, and the big Avenue will likewise add new significant feature to the center of town.

Image courtesy Schonherr Arkitekter

All in all, we are dealing with a proposal that casually and nicely adds to the city scale and offers compelling new spaces and new connections between Adelgade and the harbour. It is therefore essential that in the further elaboration and realization process to focus attention on maintaining the development’s scale and complexity.”

Image courtesy Schonherr Arkitekter

The project will be realized in collaboration between Realdania, Mariagerfjord Municipality and the Danish Transport Authority. The intention is to create better accessibility for busses in the city center, better links between the city and port and new construction opportunities in the city center. Realdania contributes 14 million DKK, Mariagerfjord Municipality contributes 14 million DKK and the Danish Transport Authority’s Accessibility Pool contributes 11.7 million – a total of 39.7 million DKK.

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