Parish hall nestled in the terrain

The church Sct. Peders Kirke occupies a commanding position in the town of Randers in central Jutland, and the construction of a new parish hall close to the church posed quite a challenge. However, the challenge has been successfully overcome, and in such a way that the hall does not detract in any way from the prominent position of the church.

The architecture of the new parish hall is finely balanced between being understated on the one hand and an independent, modern building on the other. A solution was found by embedding the parish hall into the terrain so that it has only one open facade which is oriented towards the church.

The building is also situated in a way which allows step-free access from the square and into the church. The entire facade comprises a repetition of fibre cement ribs that allow light to flood the interior while also providing shade for the rooms.

The open and welcoming architectural style importantly supports Sct. Peders Kirke’s relationship with the surrounding city.

Flexible spaces

The roof of the parish hall is at the same level as the pavement at the western end, making it possible to step out onto the grass roof, enjoy a break and admire the views across the city.

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings have been installed, ensuring superior acoustics in the parish hall. The acoustics are particularly good in the two rooms which are used by confirmands, and which can be combined to create a single room with seating for up to 75 people.

From the meeting rooms and the parish office, glass sections line the corridor that runs along the facade. Consequently, it is possible to look out from all the rooms and see the church and the church square at the front. The ceilings are clad in matching Troldtekt acoustic panels in natural wood, creating a strong sense of coherence throughout the inside of the building.

Facts

Project:
Sct. Peders Kirke parish hall, Randers, Denmark
Architects:
VMB Arkitekter and CUBO Arkitekter
Client:
Sct. Peders Sogn parish council
Troldtekt products
Ceiling panels:
Troldtekt acoustic panels
Colour:
Natural wood
Structure:
Extreme fine (0.5 mm wood wool)
Edge design:
Square edge, K0
Text & photos
Text:
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect
Photos:
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect