Herning Municipality will award its Architectural Recognition Prize

BIG, Utzon and Cronhammar in the running for the architectural award in Herning

October 2019

On Monday 7 October, World Architecture Day, Herning Municipality will award its Architectural Recognition Prize.

The common feature of all three of the nominated projects is that they involve an expansion of existing commercial buildings, and all three projects are associated with renowned celebrities.

“We are always greatly pleased to award Herning Municipality’s Architectural Recognition Prize because of the opportunity it provides to take a closer look at some of the most interesting building projects under way in the municipality. This year I was pleasantly surprised by the level of quality of the nominees, which has been very, very high. All three nominees are truly enterprises that take architecture seriously in their planning and construction. This is always delightful to see,” says Lars Krarup, Mayor, Herning Municipality.

The three nominated building projects:

  • Extension to Dansk Wilton, architects: Ingvar Cronhammar and Niels Povlsgaard.
  • Enlargement of C. C. Contractor, architects: Utzon Associates and C. C. Contractor Tegnestuen a/s.
  • Refurbishment and enlargement of HB Trapper, architects: BIG Architects.

For the extension, Dansk Wilton allied itself with architect Niels Povlsgaard and local resident artist Ingvar Cronhammar, known for his outstanding landscape works, sculptures, etc., including “Elia” in Birk near Herning. Dansk Wilton has a long-standing tradition of collaborating with artists, so the nominated project continues a fifty-year-long tradition of Herning businesses collaborating with the artistic world.

Statement by the awards committee:

Dansk Wilton has a unique tradition of cooperating closely with artists. Engaging the services of an architect and an artist as advisors for the project is therefore completely in keeping with Dansk Wilton’s design-led mindset. The collaborative effort involving Ingvar Cronhammar and Povlsgaard is a splendid, interesting match.

The extension provides a finishing architectural touch to Wilton’s elongated building mass with a sculptural, brick gable structure. The choice of materials and colours complements the existing building. A special effort has been made to accentuate the extension from a distance with the striking new gable section and splendid lighting.

The project has been meticulously worked up and adds a new identity to the area. The extension infuses Birk with a stimulating new architectural dimension.