A divided city becomes a classical village
PLH and Sophienberg’s approach is to break down the divided urban structure and establish a village inspired context with a mix of houses, cultural activities, businesses and shops. By adding more windows and new entrances to the community centre, where the existing cultural activities for the citizens are placed, the buildings will open up and be more accessible. The area will get a new cultural square, the existing green path system will be expanded and the connection to Kumbelhaven is strengthened by a new area called Kumbelscenen - resembling an outdoor amphitheatre.
Kumbelscenen - an outdoor amphitheatre
The existing path from the train station area under Frederiksborgvej will be extended and a new path from Kumbelhaven will connect the whole area. This green path will get more lampposts and will be fortified by a spacious, terraced, circular hillside – like an amphitheatre. The idea is that the citizens now have the opportunity to take a rest in the sun and socialise. After sunset, the area will be illuminated by light installations.
The Old School and the former City Hall are converted into homes
The new Kumbelscene will be located in the middle of the city square, surrounded by the old school and the former City Hall. These listed buildings will be transformed into two floored homes – suitable for families or older couples. All apartments have their own gardens and some of them have balconies. As a part of the design, there are common rooms and guest rooms in the basement with direct access to the library garden.
New cultural square and senior apartments
To create a better connection in the southern part of the Culture Island, apartments will be built on the corner of Frederiksborgvej and Stavnsholtsvej. The new senior apartments will be two and three-roomed senior homes. All homes have balconies and living rooms facing the garden – away from the noise from the streets. The idea is to strengthen the residents' community by implementing a common hall, with access to large balconies. As a part of the proposal, senior residents have the possibility to use the residential café.
The apartments, the community centre and the music school are built around the new city square called Kulturtorvet. By using this approach, the city is welcoming the citizens into the new Farum.