The development consists of a new city hall, shops and apartments. These multiple functions are connected together by a new urban space, which is designed to promote social interaction and recreation. This strategic programming of the new city center encourages activity throughout the week and is designed to become a natural gathering point for the citizens of Middelfart.
The project is situated in the historical city center of Middelfart, which is close to the harbor front and is visible to cars crossing the nearby bridge over Lillebaelt. The building was designed with attention to this context, therefore it functions aesthetically both from distance and up close.
“City halls have long been unapproachable. A city hall should be the most important common, shared house in a city. The new City Hall in Middelfart is designed to be a transparent house symbolizing the democratic core idea on participation. It is open and kind, and we have tried to create an environment in which you feel welcome as a citizen, if you have errands at the city hall,” Partner Louis Becker says.
The transparency aspect manifests in the spacious foyer which is a meeting point for both citizens and politicians. The foyer area also exhibits the organization’s transparency. When coming to the municipality, citizens can observe the work of the employees on the overlying floors.
The central location of the City Hall creates coherence in the community and an important landmark for democracy. While the authoritative functions are highly accessible, the council chamber is also able to house activities other than just weekly council meetings. The city hall building is designed to give something back to the people and the city. The council chamber space is soundproof, making it suitable for hosting concerts after hours. This will be the case when the big inauguration of the city hall and town center takes place in connection with a local festivity week, giving the citizens of Middelfart an opportunity to experience and discover the facilities.