New town centre in Middelfart




The new project is situated in the historical city centre close to the sea and the harbour front. The development is designed to complement the scale of the existing surrounding buildings, while making it visible from the sea and the nearby bridge crossing Lillebaelt.

The development connects the city at a number of levels, ensuring activity in the area throughout the day. The vision for the new town centre is to create a common gathering point for all citizens of Middelfart.

In connection with the development, a vibrant urban plaza will be created, which will further strengthen the connection between the city centre and the harbour front, and serve as a main entry point to the city hall. The plaza is oriented to take advantage of the local sun patterns to create a comfortable outdoor space for social interaction and recreation.

The city hall is built up around an inner atrium which creates visual connections to encourage cooperation among employees. Reception and Civil Services are made easily accessible to citizens and are prominently located in the foyer. The foyer space is envisioned as an informal indoor counterpoint to the outdoor plaza, and to serve as a sheltered meeting point for citizens and visitors.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Middelfart, Denmark
Client: Middelfart Kommune, Kulturøens Bycenter, Hexagon Ejendomme
Gross floor area: 17,000 m2
Year of construction: 2015 - 2017
Type of assignment: First prize invited competition
Team: 5E Byg, Henning Larsen Architects, Rambøll og LIW Planning

The apartments

The apartments


Both the City Hall and apartments are placed atop a foundation of retail and parking facilities. Some of the apartments are located in towers which add an iconic character to the development. All the apartments are lit by daylight from two sides and are oriented to afford residents a view of the sea or the new City Hall square. 



The City Hall is pursuing DGNB Silver certification; the shops and the apartments are built according to the Danish Building Regulation's strict Low Energy 2015 standards. 


  • Middelfart, Denmark