Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter just won a competition to design a new cultural center for one of the oldest settlements in Denmark. The winning proposal, called Kornets Hus (“Grain House”), will be an activity-based learning center in Hjørring focused on the importance of grain to Jutland—a region believed to have been populated 10,000 years ago. Kornets Hus will be of a minimalist and modern design built largely from brick and timber that takes inspiration from the region’s diverse landscapes, folk culture, and agricultural heritage.
Commissioned by Realdania, the L-shaped 680-square-meter Kornets Hus is set on a site with an existing farm and bakery. The learning center will offer visitors as well as locals and employees engaging educational experiences about the region’s rich food and farming culture. In addition to educational and exhibition spaces, the building will also include a cafe, store, and offices.
The building features a simple and flexible plan to accommodate a wide variety of activities. Two brick-clad light wells, reminiscent of baker kilns, bookend the structure’s two ends. Skylights and large windows also help maximize access to natural light. Glazing on the west facade frame views of wheat fields and connect to an outdoor terrace. A large bread oven forms the heart of the public spaces.
Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter