Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

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Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

New Public Office Building Project – design by Henning Larsen, architects

6 Aug 2018

Eysturkommuna Town Hall

Architects: Henning Larsen

Location: Norðragøta, Eysturkommuna, Faroe

One of the world’s smallest town halls hides in the distinctive Faroese nature

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Located in the breathtaking Faroese landscape, the 750 sqm green roofed town hall of Eysturkommuna bridges the river in the village of Norðragøta and unites what used to be two separated municipalities into one.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Discreetly cut into the lush landscape, seemingly floating between the river and the green grass blanket on the roof, the town hall forms the new workplace for the City Council and the administrative staff of the small Eysturkommuna.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Designed by Henning Larsen’s Faroese partner, Osbjørn Jacobsen, who is also the architect behind the award winning concert hall Harpa in Reykjavik, the town hall in Eystur-kommuna pays tribute to the dramatic Nordic landscape and the traditional way of building, but simultaneously defines a new path for contemporary Faroese architecture:

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

“Many contemporary contributions to Faroese architecture directly copy elements from traditional buildings. I find it much more interesting to look into the underlying thoughts of traditional buildings. ” Osbjørn Jacobsen, Partner at Henning Larsen says.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

“A central theme in traditional Faroese architecture is the blurred line between nature and building, the fact that the spectator has difficulties distinguishing where the landscape ends and the building begins. 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,” Jacobsen continues.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

In the City Council Hall, you clearly senses the closeness to nature and the river, visible through a circular mirror lined glass-covered opening in the floor.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

A destination for the local community Town Hall Eysturkommuna assumes the important task of establishing a space that will revive the local community. The terraces and roof are open to the public, people can come to have picnics and swim in the river and concerts, talks and exhibitions are hosted inside the building. An exterior sound and light installation of artist Jens Ladekarl Thomsen, drawing from sounds and structures of the local society and nature, let passers-by believe that ‘the house speaks’ with its surroundings.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Before the fishing industry made its entry with a large and important factory, the attractive local beach was the natural gathering point at special occasions. According to plan, the town hall is the first of more buildings to reclaim public life in the center of Norðragøta.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna covers five different settlements of total 2000 inhabitants.

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Eysturkommuna Town Hall on the Faroe Islands

Photography: Nic Lehoux

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