PLH wins competition to design Brohuset in Ishøj

Together with Rasmus Friis, Artelia, and MASU Planning, PLH Arkitekter has won the competition for the third phase of Brohuset in Ishøj. The project involves expansion and renovation, and emphasizes openness, community, sustainability – and old Danish building traditions.

When the third and final phase of Ishøj's community and health center, Brohuset, is completed in 2025, it will be the realization of a vision created by PLH Arkitekter in collaboration with Rasmus Friis, Artelia, and MASU Planning. The project includes both demolition and renovation as well as the construction of a brand-new three-story building that seamlessly connects with Brohuset's existing structures.

"The work on this project is driven by a desire to create an ideal setting to support diverse and meaningful communities. We have put great effort into ensuring that the third phase of Brohuset aligns beautifully and harmoniously with the existing architecture and can serve as a safe, natural gathering point for users, the local community, and employees. We look forward to embarking on the construction process with Rasmus Friis, Artelia, and MASU Planning, and we hope that the citizens of Ishøj will embrace it," says architect and partner at PLH Arkitekter, Lars Toksvig.

A bright and welcoming building

The new structure will house citizen services, classrooms, community areas, workspaces, and a central inner "Citizens’ Square." The square is covered with glass, creating an open, accessible, and inviting space with plenty of air and daylight, where citizens, users, and employees can meet both planned and spontaneously.

On the top floor is a large, bright canteen with vaulted, high-beamed ceilings. A retractable section in the building volume creates space for a rooftop terrace directly connected to the canteen. Collectively, it functions as one large unit that, outside of lunchtime, can be used for a variety of purposes such as touchdown workstations, meetings, social events, presentations, and more.

Old traditions and new requirements

The exterior of the new building integrates harmoniously with the Brohuset, while also serving as a modern interpretation of beautiful, Danish building traditions, with facades made of red brick and roofs that are pitched.

In every aspect of the project, sustainability and durable solutions will be a main focal point. Wood is used as material throughout, both in order to reduce CO2 emissions and to create the warm, organic look typical of Nordic architecture. Furthermore, solar panels will be installed on the roof, and thus all in all, the construction is planned to generate a reduced CO2 footprint and meet the latest, most stringent emission requirements.