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.
Krabbesholm Højskole in Skive, Denmark by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
April 29th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Skive, Denmark. Invited competition 2014, 1st prize.
Krabbesholm Højskole is located in Skive, Denmark and was founded in 1885. The school has an international direction with students of many nationalities and five main subjects: Fine Arts, Architecture, Graphic Design, Product Design and Photography. The main building is Krabbesholm’s mansion dating from 1565 which has two wings. The latest additions realised in the 2000`s are the Four Boxes Gallery by Japanese Atelier Bow‐Wow, and the new studio buildings by New York‐based MOS Architects.
Through the use of brick walls and barrel arched roofs the Tham & Videgård’s project establishes a strong connection to the character and spatial qualities of the existing buildings, while it will also constitute a new and independent contemporary addition. It is organised around a covered entrance courtyard with direct access to the separate teaching studios. Taking into account the ordinary wear and tear of daily school life, the choice of durable materials and finishes, as well as the treatment of daylight are tailored according to the requirements of the teaching activities of the school.
The new building replaces two existing barracks from the 60’s, using the same footprint, so that the spatial asset of its close relation to the neighbouring houses can be preserved and developed. The almost square plan with brick walls that are pened up to provide views and connections within the new premises as well as outwards to its surroundings, is both simple and varied. Arched roofs made of glulam wooden beams, create spacious interiors filled with light and establish a direct relationship between the construction principle and architectural space.
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