Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Architect of the Month  |  Denmark

Top: RUM has, in collaboration with Ejendomme A/S and COWI, won the right to design and develop Jernlageret, a 70,000-square-metre construction for residential, business and commercial spaces between Horsens and Horsens Fjord. Below: Located on the edge of Grejsdal and the surrounding hills, Filterværket’s 47 homes are adapted to the architecture of the landscape and the surrounding villas.

Architect of the Month, Denmark

Beautifully functional At Danish architecture practice RUM, architecture is a tool for social sustainability – greater diversity and beautifully functional spaces furthering wellbeing. With flexible and durable structures, the Horsens-based firm aims to create maximum value for developers as well as present and future users. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: RUM

Created by the merger of two wellestablished firms ten years ago, RUM has a long history of creating high-quality architecture through an open and thorough planning process. Partner Anders Johansen explains. “We work a lot with aesthetics and beautiful buildings – we just believe that it’s something that arises from the combination of other core elements. Architecture is about structures that are suited to the people using them; it’s about flexibility and technical quality and ensuring that the structures will last. And, it’s about optimising the value for the developer through a balance of all those things.” 116  |  Issue 112  |  May 2018

Throughout the years, RUM has applied these principles in numerous projects within the sectors of education and culture, health, residential and workplace.

Building diversity Among RUM’s most remarkable current projects is Jernlageret, a 70,000-square-

metre development that will combine residential, business and commercial spaces on the border between Horsens and Horsens harbour. Rather than creating an exclusive, expensive waterfront area, the project aims to reconnect the town centre to the water by incorporating new passageways and recreational areas as well as varied living spaces that, with rental, social and owned homes side by side, accommodate people from all walks of life. The ideals of social inclusivity and diversity are also leading factors in

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