Visible landmark sets the scene for Høje Taastrup C.
The notable city hall is situated as a tower and visible landmark in the middle of the green park in the new city area in between the large shopping centre City 2 and the new future city centre. The city hall is situated in the transition point of the park as a structure in between the existing constructions, the new park and City 2, and will be the focal point of the new neighbourhood. The sculptural construction has landmark-quality and will be a strong opening gesture for the new centre of Høje- Taastrup, setting the scene for a new, more dense and living city. The tower will stand as a beacon for the citizens of Høje- Taastrup in the middle of the green and will interact nicely with the extended low volume of City 2.
A beacon and inviting gathering point in green surroundings
The city hall building resembles a tower that refers to the park and the citizens in an open and inviting gesture. Terrace and sundeck encircle the house creating an inviting plateau that pulls the park up around the building through four staircases. The staircases are shaped as activity staircases inviting people to play, undertake different activities and recreational stay. The building is encircled by the park and the arrival area is designed in alignment with the design language of the park. The green encircles the building and a comfortable green and inclusive outdoor space is created. The city hall stretches out into the park and becomes a natural and inviting gathering point meeting the citizens at eye level and in green and friendly surroundings.
Open and accessible meeting point with room for everyone
The city hall will be 9 stories tall. The first two floors will contain the citizen related functions. On the ground floor the arrival, The City Council Chamber, The Jobcentre and The Citizen Service Centre are placed. A large staircase goes from the central atrium to meeting centre on the first floor. The staircase can function as a gathering point and meeting place for arrangements and events. From the first floor, there is access to the surrounding plateau designed with smaller terraces around the building with a view overlooking the park. The next six stories contain flexibly designed working areas organised around the central atrium – the heart of the building. The atrium creates a light and inviting house with a visual connection in between the different floors, which contributes to knowledge sharing and a sense of unity.
Green rooftop terrace becomes a destination for the citizens
On the 9th floor the canteen is situated. The rooftop terrace is accessible to the public so that the citizens of Høje- Taastrup can gather for arrangements or events and enjoy the view of the city. The publicly accessible rooftop terrace and viewpoint invite the citizens up into the building, where there is a view over the entire new neighbourhood. By placing the rooftop terrace on top of the building, the city hall does not just become a visible landmark and beacon – but also a destination and viewpoint inviting the citizens in and making the city hall a memorable experience.