Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site


D+D News

Main News Page

Island Building Doubles as Bridge

Friday, September 7, 2018

More items for Maintenance + Renovation

Comment | More

Continuing a Faroese tradition of blending architecture with the landscape, architecture firm Henning Larsen designed the Eysturkommuna town hall, located in Nordragota in the Faroe Islands, to double as a bridge, connecting two communities.

For the architects, primary inspiration for the design lay in “the notion of this fleeting line between landscape and building,” notes Ósbjørn Jacobsen, partner at Henning Larsen. Jacobsen is also known for his work on the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Construction began on the bridge building in 2015.

Bridging the Gap

The 700-square-meter (7,500-square-foot) single-story structure physically and metaphorically connects two formerly separate municipalities. Pedestrians are able to cross over the grass-covered roof while the interior contains office space for the area’s civil servants, as well as reception areas. A large room contains the town’s council chamber, featuring a circular glass-cover opening that provides a view of the river.

"Many contemporary contributions to Faroese architecture directly copy elements from traditional buildings," said Jacobsen. “I find it much more interesting to look into the underlying thoughts of traditional buildings."

According to the architects, the terraces and roof are open to the public. A sound and light installation, created by artist Jens Ladekarl Thomsen, evocative of the sights and sounds of the area, is installed alongside the building, with speakers built into the structure’s wooden cladding. Floodlight projectors are installed underneath, lighting up the river below.

"The primary conceptual idea behind the design of the Town Hall is driven by the notion of this fleeting line between landscape and building—I believe that could be one way to approach modern Faroese architecture,” said Jacobsen.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Color + Design; Design; Government

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Keim Mineral Coatings
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural

Novatek Corporation
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!

Shield Industries, Inc
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker


© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved