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.
Automotive Showroom in Jutland, Denmark by KRADS
January 29th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: KRADS
The automotive showroom is situated by the main gateway to the city Herning in Jutland, Denmark. The municipality of Herning and the client both wished for a showroom diverging from the stereotypical and one that simultaneously would stand out as an architectural icon. The solution became a rhombic volume divided into two halves by a diagonal cut,creating a dynamic and lucid showroom facing the main road, contrasted by the stable mass of a service centre behind. Placed at the edge of town it is a building where interior and exterior collaborate around the meeting between city and nature, and between function and space.
The showroom deliberately downplays quantity, unlike the more common “aquariums” flooded with cars, in favour of carefully chosen views of selected automobiles. It is a showroom that stirs the curiosity of its visitors as well as those driving by this new portal to the city of Herning.
Materials & formal aspects:
The faceted building tapers at both ends reaching towards and engaging it’s immediate surroundings. It’s two halves, triangular in shape, are set in contrasting materials. The half containing the service center is characterised by the heavy appearance of fair faced precast concrete elements. Housing the exhibition area, the northern triangle is defined by its light stretch metal facade punctured by two large display windows. The perforated character of the stretch metal creates an interesting play of changing translucency over the course of a day. During daylight, selected cars in the display windows are the focus of attention. In the after hours, when internal light starts to permeate the metal facade, the whole exhibition space becomes perceptible.
Context and internal organisation
The diagonal cut between the showroom and the service centre creates a visual connection between a large shopping centre north-west of the building and the green areas to the south-east. The showroom allows for a continuous spiralling flow of guests between its various levels, from the sub-street levels on the south-east end up to the ceiling on the north-west end. The main internal ramp is expressed in the tilting north-facade which simultaneously follows the sloping of the surrounding terrain. The showroom opens up to the south lying green areas which allow for outdoor exhibitions, creating an overlap between inside and outside, between the city and it’s surrounding nature.
Various measures towards sustainability have been taken. The stretch metal facade acts as a sun screen reducing mechanical ventilation of the exhibition area. Solar panels on the roof provide a supplement of renewable energy. Particular emphasis was placed on waste management.
KRADS is an architectural studio based in Denmark and Iceland. Our transnational setup generates a dynamic environment in which we mobilize and re-imagine the Scandinavian culture of architecture and design in an internationally aimed constellation. Founding KRADS in 2006, we have gathered a portfolio of successfully realized projects despite young age, and received critical acclaim and awards for our work which spans through urban planning, building design and product design. Our approach is characterized by clear and imaginative concepts, followed through to realization with a careful attention to detail, while remaining sensitive to the uniqueness of every project. Working with both public and private clients our practice advocates close collaboration between all parties involved in each project, encouraging interdisciplinary networks in a comprehensive approach to the architectural field.