Danish Architecture Guide

Horten Head Quarter

It could easily be mistaken for serving a purely ornamental purpose, but the facade of the lawyer firm Horten’s new office building is that and much more. It has taken two years to develop the three-dimensional facade that integrates environmentally sustainable solutions with architecture and new building methods. The building is situated so that it closes towards the south and opens up towards the north. Ingenious ventilation techniques have been placed at ground-floor level, and the undulating facade ensures a good indoor working environment because of the self-regulating shadow function.

The facade is a sandwich construction with a centre of highinsulating foam covered by two layers of fibreglass material. A building technique probably never attempted before. The method has made it possible to mass-produce the facade modules without using the, otherwise obligatory, heavy steel elements to mount them. The facade is now self-sustaining and offers protection from the sun without blocking the view across the water. The total energy consumption is 10% lower than that required by law.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014