How do you convert an older town hall into public sustainable housing?
Both above, inside and next to Smørum's former Town Hall, you will find 86 visionary and responsible public housing. BJERG's total consultancy thus included both new construction and a thorough renovation.

The former Smørum Town Hall has been converted into 24 apartments with their own gardens and courtyards. The climate shield is optimized, based on passive house principles, corresponding to ultra-low energy. Upstairs and next to the town hall, 23 and 39 apartments with their own roof terraces, balconies or gardens have been built, respectively, in light wooden modules.

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The concept for Rådhus­lun­den is flex­i­ble and dynamic homes. There­fore, one day a home must be able to create the frame­work for a single person and the next day be home to a family with two chil­dren. The ambi­tion was also healthy and inspir­ing hous­ing, which had to be cheap to build and cheap to operate.

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The build­ing has a dynamic expres­sion with the vary­ing projec­tions between the dwellings. With hori­zon­tal wooden panels, vari­a­tion in facade elements and tight lines, an excit­ing and modern expres­sion emerges. At the old town hall, the load-bear­ing struc­ture with the clas­sic red bricks and the distinc­tive concrete element has been preserved.

The entire area is laid out with smaller mean­der­ing paths and rain­wa­ter beds, which tie the vari­ous smaller local envi­ron­ments of the build­ings together, and at the same time links it with the surround­ing city.

Modu­lar building

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Rådhus­lun­den is being built as a modu­lar build­ing, which is composed of “bricks” of the same basic size, but each in its own mate­r­ial, which precisely empha­sizes the modu­lar nature of the construc­tion. The “blocks” can be put together in differ­ent ways, thus creat­ing differ­ent home sizes. The apart­ments are varied in five differ­ent sizes from 38.5 m² to 110.5 m².

The facade elements have a flex­i­ble mount­ing system, so they can also be easily replaced if neces­sary. Modu­lar construc­tion not only facil­i­tates construc­tion, but also ensures an advan­ta­geous over­all econ­omy through an opti­mized and indus­trial approach to the construc­tion process, trans­port and assembly.

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“At the office, we are very concerned meet­ing differ­ent and vary­ing needs now and in the future. In a large part of the apart­ments, fold­ing walls and a piece of furni­ture, for exam­ple, provide extra flex­i­bil­ity. In this way, the homes can easily go from having one to three rooms” 

Carsten Wraae, architect

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The mechanism for the settlement is intended as a "self-sufficient" system, where you utilize nature's free resources such as the sun and rainwater. The homes' need for added heat is reduced to a minimum due to a compact design, thermal bridge-free constructions and a well-insulated climate screen.

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